West Virginia University | Institute of Technology

Introduction

A campus within the West Virginia University system, WVU Tech offers more than 40 different academic programs and 81 percent of our 1200+ enrolled students receive some form of financial aid. When they’re not busy studying fields such as engineering, criminal justice, nursing, computer science or forensic investigation, Golden Bears enjoy an active student life.

WVU Tech is a smart investment in you – we’re ranked #1 in the state for students’ return on investment.

Tradition

Founded in 1895 as the Montgomery Preparatory School, WVU Tech has a rich history of academic excellence.

Academics

WVU Tech consists of two academic colleges: the College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences. WVU Tech offers more than 40 academic programs, including 8 ABET-accredited engineering programs. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1 and an average class size of 17 students, our classes provide students with personalized attention in a supportive environment.

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Accreditation

As a division of West Virginia University, WVU Tech is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Several academic programs, including engineering, engineering technology and nursing, hold specialized accreditation.

Location

WVU Tech is located in Montgomery, West Virginia, among the picturesque mountains of Appalachia. The University is centrally located between two of West Virginia’s largest cities, the state capital Charleston and Beckley.

Athletics

The Golden Bears compete in 15 varsity sports.

Campus Life

With more than 30 student organizations, including academic honor societies, Greek life, and intramurals, WVU Tech offers a vibrant campus life. On-campus residents live in one of two co-ed residence halls: Ratliff Hall and Maclin Hall.

Governance

WVU Tech is governed by the West Virginia University Board of Governors and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

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Bachelor in Civil Engineering

Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 USA Montgomery + 1 more

Design is incorporated across the <strong>WVU Tech civil engineering curriculum</strong>, and the design experience begins early with some exposure in surveying and mechanics of materials courses. Design exposure continues in the junior and senior years with 11 courses having design components for a total of 20 hours of design. [+]

Why study civil engineering at WVU Tech? Designed to meet the demands of the industry, WVU Tech offers a practice-oriented program with small classes. The program has an emphasis in students’ preparation for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE Exam), a necessary step towards professional registration. Students that enjoy building, constructing and designing, and are interested in addressing environmental issues tend to enjoy this program. What opportunities are available for graduates? Civil engineering graduates pursue careers that engage them in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of bridges, buildings, foundations, dams, sanitary and solid waste disposal systems, highways, airport facilities, transportation systems, waterways, hydroelectric installations, pipelines, coal preparation and loading facilities, among others. Many of our graduates also go on to pursue graduate degrees. What do students say they enjoy most about the program? Many of our students participate in the WVU Tech Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) which allows students to develop personal relationships with students and professionals that last beyond graduation. During the annual spring Virginias’ Conference, the ASCE Student Chapter competes with students from other engineering schools in several activities that include a concrete canoe race, steel bridge building contest, surveying competition, problem-solving contest, environmental design contest and the Hardy Cross presentation Design is incorporated across the WVU Tech civil engineering curriculum, and the design experience begins early with some exposure in surveying and mechanics of materials courses. Design exposure continues in the junior and senior years with 11 courses having design components for a total of 20 hours of design. The design component is completed with a capstone design course in which student teams are responsible for the completion of a comprehensive civil engineering project with oral and written presentations of the project. Meaningful design experience is also included in several of the required and elective civil engineering courses. Required courses and required elective courses which include significant design content are Hydraulic Engineering, Introduction to Environmental Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Construction Materials, Introductory Soil Mechanics, the required structural design elective (Structural Steel Design or Reinforced Concrete Design), the required geotechnical elective (Foundation Engineering, Groundwater and Seepage or Earthwork Design), the required environmental elective (Advanced Sanitary, Advanced Hydraulics, Engineering Hydrology or Solid Waste Management), the required transportation elective (Highway Engineering or Traffic Engineering) and Integrated Civil Engineering Design. The two additional electives (one CE course and one technical elective course) also must contain at minimum a total of two hours of design content. Integrated Civil Engineering Design requires students to completely design a civil engineering project encompassing several of the civil engineering disciplines and principles of project and/or construction management, cost analysis, estimating and scheduling.. Discussion and consideration of constraints such as economic factors, safety, reliability, aesthetics, ethics and social impact are incorporated as a normal part of most design courses. Aesthetics and social impact are stressed in the Introduction to Environmental Engineering course. Ethics, safety, social impact and professional issues are covered in the Senior Engineering Seminar course. Program Objectives WVU Tech civil engineering program graduates will: Obtain employment in the civil engineering field and will hold positions having significant professional responsibility. Obtain professional registration. Be prepared academically so that those who choose to pursue advanced studies will be successful. Be equipped to learn new skills as they progress in their careers and, as a result, will possess the capabilities to move to positions having increased leadership, mentoring, and management responsibilities. Student Learning Outcomes The Civil Engineering Department measures the achievement of civil engineering program educational objectives through alumni, employer and graduating student surveys and questionnaires. Program graduates will demonstrate: an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. an ability to design civil engineering projects or components of projects to # meet desired needs within realistic economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability constraints. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams. an ability to identify, formulate and solve civil engineering problems. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. an ability to communicate effectively. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context. an ability to engage in life-long learning. a knowledge of contemporary issues. an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. an ability to apply sound safety practices in laboratory and design work. an ability to develop and manage budgets and schedules. These program outcomes are achieved through a solid grounding in mathematics, chemistry and physics along with a strong understanding of basic engineering principles. Students also receive broad exposure to the humanities and social sciences and an extensive development of the fundamentals of material science, environmental, geotechnical, hydrotechnical, structural and transportation engineering. Specialization in one or more branches of civil engineering is possible by a selection of civil engineering and technical electives during the junior and senior years. [-]

Bachelor in Computer Engineering

Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 USA Montgomery + 1 more

The course of study leading to the Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering is a practice-oriented curriculum. We have outstanding state-of-the-art undergraduate lab facilities open for instruction and hands-on applications. Students will gain a solid foundation in the underlying principles reinforced through practical experience so that graduates are effective workers immediately after graduation. [+]

Why study computer engineering at WVU Tech? Our ABET-accredited program features a practice-oriented curriculum and offers small classes with hands-on learning opportunities. The department features state-of-the-art lab facilities with nearly $500,000 worth of modern equipment that is easily accessible to students. Students have many experiential learning opportunities, including co-op, internships and undergraduate research projects. Graduates have a solid foundation in the underlying principles, reinforced through practical experience, that make them effective workers immediately after graduation. Students that enjoy mathematics, science, computers, robotics or programming tend to enjoy this program. Students entering this program should take as many mathematics and science courses as possible in high school. In addition, students would benefit from extracurricular experiences such as robotics, design competitions, science clubs and scouting activities. What does a degree in computer engineering at WVU Tech offer? Our program covers the fundamentals of computer engineering, including the design of digital systems with modern devices such as microprocessors, VLSI circuits and field-programmable gate arrays to fulfill the needs of larger systems used in communications, controls and power systems. We offer rigorous instruction that provides a solid foundation for graduate school, including knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, and basic engineering principles. What opportunities are available for graduates? Graduates are able to pursue careers with nationally competitive starting salaries in industry and with government agencies. Many of these jobs involve design, fieldwork, maintenance or new project development in hardware and/or software. Companies that have hired our graduates include the FBI, National Security Agency, Joint Warfare Analysis Center, Navair, Naval Surface Weapons Center and Dominion Power. Several alumni have pursued graduate studies in engineering or business. The course of study leading to the Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering is a practice-oriented curriculum. We have outstanding state-of-the-art undergraduate lab facilities open for instruction and hands-on applications. Students will gain a solid foundation in the underlying principles reinforced through practical experience so that graduates are effective workers immediately after graduation. Computer engineers design digital systems with modern devices such as microprocessors, VLSI circuits and FPGAs to fulfill the needs of larger systems used in communications, controls and power systems. These microprocessors can range from the smallest chip found in greeting cards to the dual core/hyperthreaded/massively parallel processors found in the world’s most sophisticated computers. There are as many microprocessors as there are people on Earth and they are found everywhere – microwave ovens, washing machines, hubs and routers, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and some cars may have several of them performing various tasks at once. Even modern cell phones are sophisticated digital systems with millions of lines of programming. Applications in computer engineering include communications, control systems, military and entertainment. The study of computer engineering can be likened to Legos – the individual parts are easy to understand and put together, but the end results can be large, elaborate and sometimes spectacular. Our program in computer engineering introduces the students to these basic building blocks (called gates and flip-flops) and shows how they can be put together to make useful devices and systems. Program Educational Objectives Program graduates will be able to accomplish one or more of the following objectives: Professional Practice – Computer engineering graduates will be successful in professional practice in engineering. Post-graduate Education – Computer engineering graduates will be successful in pursuing advanced education. Advancement – Computer engineering graduates will successfully advance in their careers. Student Learning Outcomes The department has established the following program outcomes for electrical engineering students: Engineering Science Students will attain an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering. Students will also be able to: Use calculus Solve differential equations Use transforms Apply principles of physics (such as Newton’s or Kirchhoff’s laws) Apply principles of operations of electronic devices (such as op-amps and transistors) Apply the concepts of logic and binary arithmetic to digital systems. Engineering Experimentation Students will attain an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. Students will also be able to: Use protoboards to assemble circuits Set up power supplies, digital multimeters, function generators and oscilloscopes to activate circuits and to determine circuit quantities. Use regression to fit data to a curve. Compare measured results to theoretically calculated results. Determine if a circuit or system is working correctly. Fix a circuit or system if it is not working correctly. Engineering Design Students will attain an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability constraints. Students will also be able to: Design a circuit involving basic electronic components such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, op-amps, transistors and logic gates. Design a system with digital circuits. Design a system with multiple interacting circuits. Design a complex system with multiple circuits while satisfying numerous requirements and constraints. Teamwork Students will attain an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams and be able to: Work in groups of two or three on laboratory assignments. Work together in a group on a major project. Formulate a “working agreement” for a design team and evaluate how well the team adhered to this agreement. Problem Solving Students will attain an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems. Students will also be able to: Solve circuits problems with DC, steady-state AC and transient conditions. Solve problems in the major sub-disciplines of electrical engineering: signals and systems, communications, control systems, energy conversion and power systems, electromagnetic fields, electronics, digital systems and computers. Engineering Ethics Students will attain an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility and be able to: Understand the tenants of professional codes of ethics. Apply ethical considerations to realistic problems. Understand and put into practice appropriate safety measures. Effective Communication Students will attain an ability to communicate effectively and be able to: Write technical reports. Give oral presentations with PowerPoint slides. Impact of Engineering Students will attain the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context. Students will be able to explain the impact of an engineering solution, development or endeavor on some aspect of society or the environment. Life-long Learning Students will engage in life-long learning and be able to: Understand the need for continuous learning. Do research on components, devices and/or systems. Do research on engineering concepts and techniques. Learn new topics outside of class. Contemporary Issues Students will attain a knowledge of contemporary issues and be able to: Understand some of the issues facing society related to electrical engineering. Remain knowledgeable in news items related to electrical engineering. Modern Tools Students will learn to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice and be able to: Use the PC in laboratory situations. Use MATLAB. Use PSpice. Use Microsoft Office Products such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Use the test equipment in the Circuits Lab. Use advanced equipment. [-]

Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering

Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 USA Montgomery + 1 more

©Our <strong>ABET accredited program</strong> is structured to develop these skills by offering foundation courses in mechanical engineering such as thermodynamics, machine design, heat transfer, mechanical vibrations, control systems and materials science. [+]

Why study mechanical engineering at WVU Tech? Our program offers an excellent balance of analytical and applied coursework with an emphasis on practice-oriented lab experience. Design and laboratory experience are integrated throughout the program of study. Labs are equipped with traditional and modern computer-linked test equipment that prepare our graduates to effectively face the challenges of contemporary industry. Students that do well in math and physics tend to enjoy this program. How is our program different from similar programs at other universities? The program requires 134 semester hours of rigorous academic work for graduation. Students take a series of sequential courses in several areas and develop skills necessary to be successful mechanical engineers. The department also provides a path for a 2+2 aerospace engineering degree from WVU that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Under this arrangement, a student interested in a BSAE degree from WVU, can start as a freshman at WVU Tech in mechanical engineering and complete the appropriate courses in four semesters before moving on to WVU. What co-op opportunities or internships are available? Hands-on experience comes in the form of the co-op program, internships and on-campus work study jobs. Students may start in their sophomore year to work and attend school alternating semesters for a maximum of five semesters of co-op or three semesters of internship under the guidance of a full-time program coordinator. The program also includes a mandatory, senior level, two-semester long design project (ME Systems Design I & II) in which students investigate current topics and build and/or write research reports on their work, some of which have been published in national technical journals. What opportunities are available for graduates? A degree in mechanical engineering prepares students for a variety of positions in industry, government and education. Recent graduates have pursued careers in large and small, national and international companies and the positions include: plant engineer, field engineer and design engineer. Graduates have also successfully completed graduate degrees. In order to prepare our students for real-world challenges, the mechanical engineering department at WVU Tech offers a practice-oriented education with a strong emphasis on hands-on experience. Our ABET accredited program is structured to develop these skills by offering foundation courses in mechanical engineering such as thermodynamics, machine design, heat transfer, mechanical vibrations, control systems and materials science. Courses such as English, mathematics, physics, computer science, the humanities and general engineering science supplement the mechanical engineering curriculum and technical electives are offered in energy and mechanical systems, enabling students to pursue advanced studies in their areas of interest. Engineers are builders and need to develop strong analytical and design skills. Our curriculum is structured so that meaningful design experience is included in several of the required and elective courses. Mechanical engineering students develop these skills systematically by successfully completing a series of sequential courses in statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, fluid mechanics, dynamics of machinery, machine design and mechanical engineering systems design. Open-ended problems and multiple-solution design concepts are incorporated across the curriculum involving design assignments in thermal and mechanical systems. This process starts with the Mechanics of Materials course in the sophomore year and culminates with the capstone design courses (ME Systems Design I and II) at the end of the senior year. The capstone design courses provide students with an opportunity to apply previously acquired knowledge in areas that include mathematics, science, engineering, humanities, communications, ethics and economics. Our faculty also recognize the dynamic nature of modern technology in which changes are inevitable and the need for our graduates to be well-prepared to meet these challenges. The mechanical engineering curriculum is under constant review and modifications are introduced continuously in response to the changing needs of the industry and the job market. Program Objectives Consistent with the mission and the goals stated above and with input from the constituents of the mechanical engineering program, the following educational objectives have been adopted by the department. Graduates of the WVU Tech Mechanical Engineering program will: be successful in the practice of mechanical engineering advance to positions of technical and/or managerial leadership be successful in graduate studies, if they choose to pursue advanced education be able to obtain professional registration, if they choose to, after appropriate professional experience. be dedicated to life-long learning in their professional career Program Outcomes Consistent with the mission of WVU Tech and in compliance with ABET criteria, the Mechanical Engineering program at WVU Tech emphasizes the development of a well-rounded engineer with a strong background in mathematics, sciences, engineering analysis and design. Graduates of this program will be able to practice engineering as professionals or pursue graduate education and advanced studies. Upon graduation, they will be able to demonstrate: A knowledge of mathematics, sciences and fundamentals of engineering necessary for a successful career in engineering practice The ability to identify, formulate and analyze problems and develop solutions based on standard engineering norms and practices The ability to apply their analytical skills and creativity to investigate the adequacy of a design and to make design improvements where necessary The ability to conduct mechanical measurements; collect, evaluate and present experimental results; and design and build experiments to investigate engineering phenomena, including the analysis and interpretation of data A knowledge of and ability to use standard software and computing tools appropriate to their work A knowledge of safety practices in experimental work A knowledge of environmental requirements and constraints on engineering practice A knowledge and ability to design a mechanical system, component or process to meet desired needs The ability to function as a productive member of multi-disciplinary teams A knowledge of professional and ethical codes of conduct and responsibilities The ability to effectively communicate in oral and written forms A knowledge of the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context as a result of having a broad education The ability to recognize the need for and engage in life-long learning The ability to demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary issues The ability to work professionally in thermal and mechanical systems areas including the design and realization of such systems. 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