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Making Engineering Real

The College of Engineering is focused on providing undergraduates with extraordinary opportunities often reserved for graduate students. By utilizing the latest technologies and innovations in coursework and real-world applications, undergraduates are encouraged to develop a unique education that is tailored to their individual strengths and interests, all while taking advantage of programs that prepare students for the future of engineering.

An Exciting Start

As a freshman, you begin taking courses right away that link breakthrough innovations with the fundamental engineering concepts that made them possible. Use the electric guitar to explore electro-acoustics. See how wind turbines take advantage of fluid dynamics to produce clean energy. Explore the future of health care through biomedical technologies like tissue engineering. These are just a few examples of how freshmen use real-world examples to learn the principles of engineering.

Engineers in the Real World

Being a practicing engineer is only one of the many career doors a bachelor’s degree in engineering can open. Through the Engineers in the Real World program, highly accomplished, engineering-educated professionals from a variety of fields speak to sophomore engineering classes, using their own experiences to illustrate the power of engineering problem-solving skills. The program gives students a taste of how their engineering background can uniquely position them to address a broad range of societal challenges.

Putting Engineering to Work

Being a Societal Engineer means not only innovating solutions that improve people’s lives, but exciting and leading teams of people who can bring technology into use. So, Boston University exposes engineering students to the business concepts they need to bring innovation to the marketplace. Undergraduates can concentrate in Technology Innovation, take courses in BU’s Questrom School of Business that focus on the commercial development of technology, and can work with business students to develop plans for commercializing innovation.

BU is a nationally recognized leader in this area, and has won major support from the Kern Family Foundation to instill and enhance engineering students’ entrepreneurial mindset, both at BU and, in collaboration with other engineering schools, across the country. The foundation has singled out several College of Engineering faculty members as KEEN Faculty Fellows for their work in developing innovative ways to stimulate the entrepreneurial mindset among undergraduates:

Technology Innovation Scholars Program

As part of the College’s ongoing initiative to interest K-12 students in engineering and its impact on the world, a group of Inspiration Ambassadors goes out to elementary, middle and high schools in Greater Boston and in their home communities to show students the excitement of engineering. These undergraduate “Inspiration Ambassadors” show younger students how engineers have the power to improve our lives.

STEM Educator-Engineer Program (STEEP)

STEEP is a five-year program that adds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree to a Bachelor of Science degree in your chosen engineering discipline, enabling you to teach science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) in middle schools and high schools across the country.