Mission of the King's College Engineering Program
The Engineering Program at King's College strives to develop within students the ability to think analytically and creatively, and to become effective problem solvers. The program prepares students to apply their knowledge and skills toward developing engineering and system solutions, and to conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner.
Engineering Program Description
Success in every career hinges on one's ability to think critically, be an effective communicator, have quantitative and technical competencies, and make ethical and moral decisions. King's takes an interdisciplinary approach to engineering, exposing students to the transferable skills of liberal learning that are the foundation of a King's College education. The knowledge, skills and dispositions students acquire by virtue of King's CORE curriculum enhance their ability to be successful contributors within their chosen engineering fields. Employers value the liberal arts/engineering combination, since students possess not only technical skills, but also the ability to write proposals, make presentations, and have a broader understanding of engineering systems and the role of technology in our changing society. Engineering students at King's develop the ability to think critically beyond the requirements of an engineering degree. They also learn the importance of social responsibility and ethical behavior and develop the ability to make informed, responsible decisions.
Engineering Program faculty members build their courses around high-impact practices that enhance student learning, engagement and outcomes. The programs feature hands-on learning and lab intensive courses, utilizing state-of-the-art hardware and simulation software. First year students take an Introduction to Engineering course and an Engineering Seminar. These introductory courses explore the different engineering disciplines and potential career options. These courses also include collaborative assignments and projects, and the opportunity for service learning. Through class assignments, students learn to appreciate excellence in engineering design and to understand the ethical issues associated with the engineering profession. The second year sequence, Programming for Scientists and Engineers and System Design and Analysis, extends the common intellectual experiences of all engineering students, in effect forming a learning community in which students benefit from King's relatively small class sizes. At King's, the focus is on collaborative, project-based learning and problem solving.
The Engineering Program at King's College will be especially appealing to students looking for opportunities for one-on-one instruction. At larger programs, students who need the attention or support of faculty don't necessarily receive it as first or second-year students. The CORE, mathematics, science and engineering class sizes at King's are small enough for students to get the individual attention they need, as well as assistance in becoming more independent, creative and innovative.
The curriculum is modeled to develop analytical and transferable skills identified in the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) General Criteria for Student Outcomes:
- Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
- Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
- Ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health, safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
- Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- Ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
- Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- Ability to communicate effectively
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
- Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- Knowledge of contemporary issues
- Ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice