The first two years focus on foundational engineering coursework, which can be completed at Penn State Brandywine or Penn State Abington. The next two years of advanced engineering coursework are completed at the new engineering facilities at Penn State Great Valley, where students will study engineering design with an emphasis on robotics applications.
The engineering program is designed to prepare graduates for:
- employment in public or private sectors in fields such as design, research and development, experimentation and testing, manufacturing, and technical sales.
- a level of competence and expertise that will lead to an increasing level of responsibility and leadership within an organization.
- effective communication and collaborative work in multidisciplinary and multicultural work environments.
- appreciation of the global, environmental, social, and ethical contexts of their work.
- a commitment to lifelong learning to enhance their careers and provide flexibility in responding to changing social and technical environments, which will enable graduates to pursue advanced degrees or certificate programs.
The MDE program develops technical and problem-solving skills, written and oral communication skills, teamwork and leadership skills, all of which culminate in a two-semester senior design engineering project and a compulsory internship in the engineering industry.
Many US states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.
Internships and Research
In addition to rigorous engineering, mathematics and physics coursework, engineering students are strongly encouraged to participate in undergraduate research projects in engineering and robotics, engineering club activities, and engineering opportunities abroad. They also have to do internships with local industry. Internships provide valuable opportunities for engineering students to develop their real-world skills and also build their professional networks.