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General Information

Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Administrative Officers

Wendi Heinzelman, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Dean of the Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

James M. Zavislan, PhD (University of Rochester) Associate Dean of the Edmund A Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

About

The Hajim School offers undergraduate degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Science degrees. Based on the fundamentals of science and engineering, the programs exist in and benefit from a strong liberal arts environment. As an example, since data analysis is a critical component of engineering design, the College’s multidisciplinary degrees in data sciences are comprised of significant courses from the Hajim School’s Computer Science Department.

The Hajim School’s undergraduate program provides education for a lifetime career, not simply training for a specific job. The programs have two main objectives:

  1. To prepare students for positions as practicing engineers, scientists, and leaders in industry, government, education, and other areas of society.
  2. To prepare students for graduate work leading to professions in medicine, law, and business as well as engineering and science, giving them an understanding of science and technology that will provide a firm foundation for their lifework.

Each major has adopted more specific goals and objectives that are given in the appropriate discipline sections of this bulletin. The emphasis is on both individual opportunity and collaborative team effort. Students are encouraged to participate in the many active research projects both in the school and through cooperative internships in business and industry. Flexibility in each program makes it possible to incorporate specialized coursework. For instance, engineering students can pursue elective work and undertake research projects in such fields as architecture, environmental studies, and materials science.

In their first year, enrolled students who have expressed interest in engineering or computer science majors are assigned Hajim School faculty advisors in their department of interest who counsel interested students on the school’s degree requirements, policies, and procedures. Students formally enter the school at the end of their sophomore year or at any time in their undergraduate tenure that they have satisfied the necessary prerequisites. Students remain with their assigned advisors throughout their tenure in their intended major. Students may declare majors in the Hajim School at any time, but will find it necessary to first satisfy those prerequisites they may be lacking.

In our current global economy, the importance of cultural understanding and experience has never been so important for our future workforce. With this increased focus on engineering around the world, study abroad and other international opportunities have been brought to the forefront of the student experience. The Hajim School faculty hopes to see 25% of its students studying abroad, and continuously seeks to expand its offerings of English-language technology and engineering courses overseas. Currently, The Hajim School has formal programs in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Denmark, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. Additional information on these and other programs is available at the Center for Education Abroad, 2-147 Dewey Hall, and on the web at the Hajim School's study abroad web page.