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About School of Engineering

School of Engineering Faculty 

School of Engineering Programs 

Undergraduate Program Information

Graduate Program Information 

School of Engineering

 Director: Murat Tiryakioğlu, Ph.D., C.Q.E

Science and Engineering Building (Building 50)
 School of Engineering, Room 2500 
Phone:  (904) 620-1390
Fax:       (904) 620-1391
Web Address: www.unf.edu/ccec/engineering

The profession of engineering requires highly educated men and women dedicated to the betterment of society through technological innovation and creative problem solving. The faculty of the School of Engineering (SoE) offers accredited programs in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering to meet an ever-increasing demand. Our programs are noted for first-rate classroom instruction, hands-on laboratory experiences, and extensive design project opportunities. Students may also participate — often in paid positions — in research projects with faculty mentors. Numerous cooperative education opportunities are also available to students wishing to gain practical experience before graduation.

Applications for the major should be made through the University Admissions Office in UNF Hall, Building 53. Application should be made at least two months before the planned enrollment in any engineering program courses. All engineering majors are advised through the school office.

The engineering profession is enriched by a large number of professional organizations and many have student chapters at UNF. Students are encouraged to participate in activities of these chapters, including the following:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • Florida Engineering Society (FES)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA)
  • American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Florida Structural Engineers Association (FSEA)
  • American Water Resources Association (AWRA)

Vision

The UNF School of Engineering aspires to:

  • provide undergraduate programs that are among the best in the country
  • produce high quality research through undergraduate and graduate programs
  • make significant contributions to the economic vitality in Northeast Florida
  • inspire many students in k-12 education in Northeast Florida and beyond to pursue engineering as their profession of choice. 

Mission

To provide diverse learning opportunities in the technical and professional aspects of engineering that prepare all participants to thrive in an evolving world.

Values

We, in the School of Engineering, use the following values as our guiding principles in how we conduct ourselves:

  • Integrity: We are transparent in all our academic dealings. We are accountable to our students, employers of our students and the citizens of Florida for achieving our goals while protecting our reputation and intellectual assets. We own successes in our school as well as failures.
  • Respect: We provide a safe and healthy environment for students. We treat all people with dignity and respect. We value the differences in people's thinking, backgrounds and cultures. We are committed to everyone's development.
  • Challenge: We continuously search for new, innovative and better ways of doing things, continually improving. We develop and nurture new ideas, new services. We challenge the status quo and collaborate to achieve rigorous educational and institutional goals.
  • Commitment: We are committed to serving the educational needs of our students and our constituents. We ask what we can do to help each other succeed.
  • Courage: We have the personal and professional courage to do the right thing, take occasional risks and experiment with new methods and ideas. We make decisions and take actions as a group. We do not admonish failure, only failure to learn.
  • Citizenship: We are good global, local and national citizens. We strive to contribute significantly and measurably to Northeast Florida and beyond. We participate in efforts to make the world we live in a better place.

Transformational Learning Opportunities

All undergraduate engineering programs in the UNF School of Engineering are transformational - this is the very nature of an engineering education at UNF. However, in addition to a rigorous, focused curriculum students have multiple opportunities to participate in significant research projects, regional and national design competitions, international travel and study, community and international outreach activities, student chapter leadership, cooperative education experiences, and internships.

Academic Advising

Once admitted to an engineering program advising is conducted through the School of Engineering office (room 2500, Building 50). Initially, the SoE academic advisors assign a faculty advisor and prepares a program of study outlining all graduation requirements. Thereafter, the student meets each semester with the academic and faculty advisors to develop a course schedule and track progress through the degree program.

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School of Engineering Faculty

Murat Tiryakioğlu , Ph.D., C.Q.E., Professor & Director, School of Engineering
(904) 620-1390; Fax (904) 620-1391

Civil Engineering

Nick W. Hudyma, Ph.D.P.E., Professor
Donald Resio, Ph.D., Professor & Director, Taylor Engineering Research Institute
Mark A. Tumeo, Ph.D., P.E., J.D., Dean, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
William Dally, Ph.D.P.E., Associate Professor
Adel El-Safty, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor 
Thobias Sando, 
Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor 
Peter Bacopoulos, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Chris Brown, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Professor 
Eileen Pesantes-Tauares, Ph.D., P.E., Instructor and Academic Advisor 

Electrical Engineering

Chiu H. Choi, Ph.D.P.E., Professor  
Alan Harris, Ph.D., Associate Professor 
Juan Aceros, Ph.D., Assistant Professor 
O. Patrick Kreidl, 
Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Brian Kopp, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Daniel J. Cox, Ph.D., Professor
Murat Tiryakioğlu , Ph.D., C.Q.E., Professor
Alexandra Schönning, Ph.D., Professor
Paul D. Eason, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor
James H. Fletcher, Ph.D., Associate Professor
John Nuszkowski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

 Ehsan Maleki, Ph.D., Instructor and Academic Advisor

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School of Engineering Programs

SoE Undergraduate Programs

Civil Engineering, BS - Program Description & Academic Policies

SoE Graduate Programs 

 Undergraduate Program Information

Civil Engineering Program

Civil engineers design the built environment — the structures, roads, water supply systems, and much more — that surrounds us. The profession is broad and encompasses several technical areas including structures, transportation, geotechnics, water resources and environmental protection.
 

Employment opportunities are plentiful in design, construction, management, teaching, and research. Employers include consulting firms, industrial companies, and government agencies and non-governmental organizations. The UNF Office of Career Services provides information on companies seeking civil engineering graduates for permanent positions or current students for employment in cooperative education positions. 

Accreditation

The Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org

Program Educational Objectives

UNF Engineering graduates will:

  • have sound engineering fundamentals.
  • have strong team and leadership skills.
  • have strong problem solving skills.
  • demonstrate an ability to learn and advance.
  • demonstrate effective communication skills. 

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the BSCE Program have: 

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data;
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve 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;
  • a recognition of the need for, and 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;
  • apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, calculus-based physics, chemistry, and at least one additional area of basic science, consistent with the program educational objectives
  • apply knowledge of four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering
  • conduct civil engineering experiments and analyze and interpret the resulting data
  • design a system, component, or process in more than one civil engineering context
  • explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership
  • explain the importance of professional licensure.

Civil Engineering Admission Prerequisites

Formal admission to the civil engineering degree program at UNF occurs after the completion of program prerequisites. Admission is based primarily on the student's grades in both the calculus and physics sequences. A grade of C+ or higher is required in the calculus and physics courses. Grades of C or better are required in all other engineering courses.

Major Requirements

The Civil Engineering program requires 128 credit hours.

In addition to 50 credits of Common Engineering Prerequisites and 68 credits of program requirements, the remaining 10 credits of lower division coursework are used to satisfy the remaining three credits of the English General Education requirements, EGN 3311 Statics, Intro to Engineering I and Intro to Engineering II.

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 Electrical Engineering Program

Electrical engineers harness electrical energy for the benefit of humankind. The profession is broad and encompasses products valued by society in many technical areas from communications to electric power and energy use to those for our current “Information Age.”
 
Employment opportunities range over product design, development, manufacturing, sales, management, teaching, and research. Employers include industrial companies, consulting firms, and government agencies and non-governmental organizations. The UNF Office of Career Services provides information on companies seeking electrical engineering graduates for permanent positions or current students for employment in cooperative education positions.

The School of Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) with either computer design or system design options, and a minor in electrical engineering. 

Accreditation

The Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Program Educational Objectives

UNF Engineering graduates will:

  • have sound engineering fundamentals.
  • have strong team and leadership skills.
  • have strong problem solving skills.
  • demonstrate an ability to learn and advance.
  • demonstrate effective communication skills.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the BSEE Program have:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data;
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities;
  • an ability to communicate effectively;
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  • a recognition of the need for, and 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 probability and statistics in the analysis and design
  • an ability to analyze and design complex electrical and electronic  devices, software, and systems containing hardware and software components
  • an ability to apply advanced mathematics, such as differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables, and discrete mathematics, in the  analysis and design of electrical/electronic systems, components, or processes
  • an ability to apply differential and integral calculus and calculus-based sciences in the analysis and design of electrical/electronic systems, components, or processes.
 

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Electrical Engineering Admission Prerequisites

Formal admission to the electrical engineering degree program at UNF occurs after the completion of program prerequisites. Admission is based primarily on the student's grades in both the calculus and physics sequences. A grade of C+ or higher is required in the calculus and physics courses. Grades of C or better are required in all other engineering courses.

Major Requirements

The Electrical Engineering major requires 128 credit hours.

In addition to 50 credits of Common Engineering Prerequisites and 65 credits of program requirements, the remaining 13 credits of lower division coursework are used to satisfy the remaining three credits of the English General Education requirements, COP 2220 Computer Science I, EGN 3311 Statics, Intro to Engineering I and Intro to Engineering II. 

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Mechanical Engineering Program

 
Mechanical engineering is concerned with energy and its transformations and the design of objects and structures that move. Mechanical engineers are responsible for conceiving, designing, manufacturing, testing, and marketing devices and systems that alter, transfer, transform and utilize the energy form that ultimately causes motion.
 

Employment opportunities range over product design, development, manufacturing, sales, management, teaching, and research. Employers include industrial companies, consulting firms, and government agencies and non-governmental organizations. The UNF Office of Career Services provides information on companies seeking mechanical engineering graduates for permanent positions or current students for employment in cooperative education positions.

Accreditation

The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Program Educational Objectives

UNF Engineering graduates will:

  • have sound engineering fundamentals.
  • have strong team and leadership skills.
  • have strong problem solving skills.
  • demonstrate an ability to learn and advance.
  • demonstrate effective communication skills.

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Program Outcomes

Graduates of the BSME Program have: 

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data;
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities;
  • an ability to communicate effectively;
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  • a recognition of the need for, and 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 principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations)
  • an ability to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components or processes
  • a preparation to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas.  

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Mechanical Engineering Admission Prerequisites

Formal admission to the mechanical engineering degree program at UNF occurs after the completion of program prerequisites. Admission is based primarily on the student's grades in both the calculus and physics sequences. A grade of C+ or higher is required in the calculus and physics courses. Grades of C or better are required in all other engineering courses.

Major Requirements

The Mechanical Engineering program requires 128 credit hours.

In addition to 50 credits of Common Engineering Prerequisites and 65 credits of program requirements, the remaining 13 credits of lower division coursework are used to satisfy the remaining three credits of the English General Education requirements, COP 2220 Computer Science I, EGN 3311 Statics, Intro to Engineering I and Intro to Engineering II.

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Graduate Program Information

Mission

The mission of the School of Engineering Master of Science Programs is to prepare students to function in a demanding technical environment where their advanced engineering education will allow them to solve substantial problems in their field of expertise. Through our commitment to engineering application and research and encouraging students to participate in such activities we will provide opportunities for expanded content knowledge and development of critical thinking skills inside and outside of classroom settings. Students graduating with an M.S. in Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering will receive the education that allows them to pursue a doctoral degree.  

Learning Outcomes

Content/Discipline Specific Knowledge

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    Upon program completion, students will:
    • be able to apply advanced engineering techniques to identify and solve technical problems.

     

Knowledge of the Literature of the Discipline

  • Upon program completion, students will:
    • be able to conduct literature review on a topic relevant to the area of study and to condense such review into a cohesive essay.
     

Ability to engage in Independent Learning or Scholarship  

  • Upon program completion, students will:
    • be able to form conclusions and recommendations of results obtained through advanced engineering analyses, modeling, and/or experimentation.
     

Demonstration of intermediate to advanced level Professional Skills 

  • Upon program completion, students will:
    • be able to communicate technical data, analyses, and conclusions to a technical audience.  
     

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Outcomes Assessment

The learning outcomes listed above involve depth of knowledge within a specific area of the student’s chosen engineering discipline, critical thinking ability, and communications skills. These outcomes are achieved by the successful completion of a cohesive program. Students choose to either complete a thesis (thesis option) or take additional courses approved by the program (non-thesis option). The master’s thesis is an original work that adds to the understanding of an engineering problem. It requires the deep knowledge and critical thinking skills developed in the program of study to advance engineering knowledge or solve an engineering problem. The successful completion of a thesis requires well-developed writing and oral communications skills. This capstone experience in conjunction with successfully completed course work measures the outcomes enumerated above for the students choosing the thesis option. Students choosing the non-thesis option will complete additional course work in place of the thesis to further deepen their understanding of the engineering discipline. Successfully completed course work measures the outcomes enumerated above. 

Graduate Admission

Special Notes about the program:  

Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree in Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering from an ABET-accredited program or its demonstrable equivalent to be admitted into the Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical programs, respectively. 

University requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.

Additional program requirements:

  1. Official transcripts from all attended institutions
  2. GRE scores
  • Prior to July 1, 2011:     380 verbal, 630 quantitative score
  • After July 1, 2011:         145 verbal, 150 quantitative
  1. Three letters of recommendations
  • At least one letter must come from a professor at the applicant's undergraduate institution

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum requirements are as follows for applicants from non-English speaking countries:

  • 550 paper-based test, or
  • 213 computer-based test, or
  • 80 internet-based test

Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met

For complete details on graduate admission, refer to the UNF Graduate School's webpages for:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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General Requirements

MS Engineering Requirements: (30 credit hours)
The Engineering master's degree consists of a minimum of 30.0 credit hours.
Students select from one of two degree options: (1) thesis or (2) non-thesis. 

**All programs of study must be approved by the School of Engineering Graduate Program Director prior to the end of the second semester of graduate study.** 

UNF Conditions for the degree: 
For more details on the below and additional conditions, please refer to the UNF Graduate School’s webpage: http://www.unf.edu/graduateschool/.
1. A GPA of 3.0 must be maintained. If the GPA falls below 3.0, probation will result. 
2. At least 18.0 hours of coursework at the 6000-level must be applied toward the degree. 
3. All coursework for a graduate or post-baccalaureate professional degree must be completed within six years of a master's degree-seeking student being admitted to a graduate program. All exceptions must be approved by the student's Graduate Program Director and the Dean of the Graduate School. 

School of Engineering Conditions for the degree:

1. All coursework must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better.  
2. A GPA of 3.0 must be maintained. If the GPA falls below 3.0, academic probation will result.
3. A No more than 6.0 hours of transfer coursework can be applied to the degree, with the following exception:
A student may transfer up to 12 credit hours from online graduate courses taken within the Florida State University System, provided that the total of all transferred courses does not exceed 12 credit hours.  
4. A student may not receive 5000-level credit for a cross-listed 4000/5000-level course previously completed at the 4000-level. Exceptions to this rule may be considered with documented evidence of significant and appropriate differences in content between the courses.

Student Graduate Advisor and Graduate Committee

Each graduate thesis student will need a graduate advisor. This advisor should be chosen based on the student’s area of interest and the faculty member's area of expertise. The program of study should list the graduate advisor no later than by the end of the second semester of graduate study. Before a graduate advisor is chosen, the School of Engineering program director will serve as the graduate advisor.  The graduate advisor must be a member of the Graduate Faculty and a tenure-track or tenured professor in the appropriate engineering program. The graduate advisor and student will choose a supervisory committee that will be made up of two tenure-track or tenured UNF engineering professors in the student’s chosen discipline  and members of the Graduate Faculty, and one outside member who must be a tenure-track or tenured professor at UNF or other regionally accredited academic institution. Additional members may be added from industry or affiliated faculty in the School of Engineering, if approved by the graduate advisor. The graduate advisor will serve as chair of the committee. The graduate advisor also approves the selection of the thesis.

Each graduate non-thesis student is advised to have a graduate advisor in the student’s field of study. The School of Engineering Graduate Program Director will serve as the advisor for those students who have not yet selected a Graduate Advisor in their field of study.

Thesis Option

The master’s thesis is an original work that adds to the understanding of an engineering problem. The supervisory committee approves the thesis topic. Completion of a thesis is an intense experience and most students will find that much of their academic effort for at least two semesters will focus on its completion. The thesis is presented at an oral defense that includes the supervisory committee and others from the university community. The supervisory committee determines if the defense was successful and the thesis is acceptable.

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Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)

The program of study consists of 30 credit hours. All programs of study must be approved by the graduate program director before the end of the second semester of graduate study. Programs of study may be modified with the approval of the graduate program director. All programs of study must contain at least 18 credits of 6000-level courses (including thesis credits, if applicable). 

 

 Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)

The program of study consists of 30 credit hours. While there are no formal tracks or concentrations in the MSEE program, the program of study generally focuses on  communications, computer, or controls and signal processing. All programs of study must be approved by the graduate program director before the end of the second semester of graduate study. Programs of study may be modified with the approval of the graduate program director. All programs of study must contain at least 18 credit hours of 6000-level courses (including thesis credits, if applicable).

 

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)

The program of study consists of 30 credits. While there are no formal tracks or concentrations in the MSME program, the program of study generally focuses on the machine sciences or thermofluids areas of mechanical engineering. All programs of study must be approved by the graduate program director before the end of the second semester of graduate study. Programs of study may be modified with the approval of the graduate program director. All programs of study must contain at least 18 credits of 6000-level courses (including thesis credits, if applicable).

 

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