RMU Adds Industrial and Mechanical Engineering Concentrations for Fall
Small classes and curriculum that emphasizes core capabilities sought by employers provide attractive learning experience for students interested in careers in engineering

Robert Morris University (RMU) will enhance its undergraduate engineering offerings this fall with the addition of a mechanical engineering concentration as well as the restructuring of its existing logistics engineering curriculum to a new concentration in industrial engineering. The enhancements, which will allow the University to better contribute to the region's anticipated demand for engineers during the coming years and decades, will increase RMU's engineering offerings to four bachelor of science programs - including a concentration in software engineering and degree in manufacturing engineering - as well as a master of science program in engineering management.

"I am excited to see the growth of Robert Morris University's engineering program consistent with the needs articulated to us by our industry partners," said Winston Erevelles, Ph.D., professor of engineering and dean of RMU's School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. "RMU is quickly building a reputation for providing a hands-on, quality engineering education and looks forward to actively contributing to the educational pipeline to meet the impending need for qualified professionals in science, engineering and mathematics."

As with RMU's current engineering offerings, the mechanical and industrial engineering programs will give students the opportunity to learn through small classes and personalized attention from faculty. Using RMU's state-of-the-art industrial-grade laboratory facilities and equipment, students will begin learning the latest engineering methods and processes in their first year, which, when combined with academic internships and senior design projects, will provide them the technical knowledge, engineering fundamentals and skills in productivity-increasing technology demanded by today's employers. Additionally, RMU's curriculum will emphasize the real-world project experiences, communication skills, and business knowledge that employers are increasingly seeking in engineering graduates in order to help move products to market faster; team with colleagues, outside customers and suppliers; adjust to dynamic markets; and manage projects using skills beyond computer planning tools.

In addition to its engineering programs, RMU's School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science also offers undergraduate programs in environmental science, applied mathematics, and actuarial science. Founded in 1999, the School enrolls 260 undergraduate and 60 graduate students and offers the Mid-Atlantic region's only manufacturing engineering program accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology.

Released: 3/14/2007