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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

Paul D. Funkenbusch, PhD (Michigan Technological University) Associate Dean of the Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Lisa Norwood, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Studies, Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences


The Hajim School offers undergraduate degree programs leading to 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 a significant number of courses from the Hajim School’s Department of Computer Science.

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 life’s work.

Each major has adopted more specific goals and objectives. 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 faculty advisors with expertise in their department of interest. These advisors, along with the department’s undergraduate coordinator and a College advisor, counsel interested students on the school’s degree requirements, policies, and procedures. Students remain with their assigned advisors throughout their tenure in their intended major, being reassigned faculty advisors and undergraduate coordinators should their major within the Hajim School change. If a student decides not to pursue a major within the Hajim School, all of their advisors will be changed to a School of Arts and Sciences advisor.

Students formally declare their Rochester Curriculum at the end of their sophomore year or at any time in their undergraduate tenure that they have satisfied the necessary prerequisites for their intended major. Additional majors and minors may also declared at this point.

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 continuously seeks to expand its offerings of English-language technology and engineering courses overseas.

Information on formal study abroad and other international programs is available from the Center for Education Abroad, 2-147 Dewey Hall, and on the Hajim School's study abroad web page.