University of Mount Union Announces Three New Engineering Programs

June 06, 2017

Department of Engineering University of Mount UnionALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union is proud to announce the addition of new majors in biomedical, computer and electrical engineering beginning in the fall of 2018. 

These three majors will be housed in the Department of Engineering and join already successful majors in civil and mechanical engineering, which are accredited through the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

“These new programs will create a very robust engineering program that we believe is responsive to the needs of our regional and national economy,” said Mount Union President Dick Merriman. “The University of Mount Union is committed to preparing engineers who are technically proficient problem solvers, understand the business and production context of engineering work and excel in team settings that require effective communication and collaboration.” 

The new biomedical engineering major will integrate engineering with medicine, combining principles of the medical and biological sciences to design and create equipment, devices and software used in healthcare. Mount Union biomedical engineering students will have the opportunity to work closely with its Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Computer engineering is a growing field that designs, builds and tests computing systems to constantly innovate technology used every day. Mount Union computer and electrical engineering majors will have the skills to pursue career opportunities in power, energy, technology or communications engineering upon graduation. 

“We look forward to cross-disciplinary cooperation between our current academic programs and these new engineering programs,” Merriman said. “We anticipate exciting partnerships between our programs in biomedical engineering and physical therapy, and between our computer science, mathematics, and computer engineering programs. Tie-ins with our business and entrepreneurship programs will also develop.” 

Mount Union engineering students are afforded unique learning opportunities outside of the classroom. From international experiences and product design and development, to adaptable prosthetic leg sockets and competition BAJA cars, the Department of Engineering focuses on utilizing students’ skills for real-world applications.

“These new majors will educate the next generation of skilled engineers needed for the high-tech industry that keeps our economy humming,” said Dr. Osama Jadaan, professor and chair of the Department of Engineering. “The majors were selected because there is strong demand for their graduates, they also are highly-paid professions that complement the thriving health sciences majors at the University. We are graduating engineers who are technically prepared, globally aware, business savvy and appreciative of the arts and literature.” 

Graduates of Mount Union’s engineering programs have a career and graduate school placement rate of more than 95 percent and 90 percent of students earn at least one paid internship before graduating from the program.

For more information about engineering at Mount Union, visit mountunion.edu/department-of-engineering.

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