Departments in the College of Engineering

The College of Engineering is home to five departments, eight degree programs, more than 80 faculty, and about 3,200 students.

We offer an educational experience for students of all levels, from undergraduate programs to the Ph.D. degree. Regardless of your ultimate goals, engineering at The University of Akron will provide a solid base to begin your career.

We invite you to explore our departments to learn more about what goes on within UA engineering.

Biomedical Engineering

A career in the rapidly expanding field of biomedical engineering is indeed an exciting path for you to consider. At The University of Akron, we have developed a series of challenging curricula to meet the educational demands found in the variety of fields of biomedical engineering. Our graduates are prepared for immediate employment or advanced graduate education in engineering or medical school.

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Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering was established in 1914 and is currently one of the most productive and successful departments in the College of Engineering. We are committed to continuing a heritage of educating leaders in engineering and to moving to the next level of excellence consistent with the goals of the University. Our success is demonstrated by the talented faculty attracted from the top national programs.

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Mechanical Engineering

Our record over recent years is among the best in the nation, and the success of our students has established our department as a leader in undergraduate education. We offer undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and aerospace systems engineering. The graduate program includes both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in four areas of emphasis—thermal-fluid sciences, mechanics, materials, and controls and manufacturing.

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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has a long tradition of excellence in education and research. Our goal is to prepare our students with the necessary skills so that they can contribute to a highly technical global society. The department’s recent name change to the “Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering” reflects the increasing role that the biological sciences are having in the evolution of the profession. Commercial products targeting human health care are becoming available as a result of the unique contributions of chemical engineers in the expanding biotechnology industry, particularly in the areas of bioprocessing, biocatalysis, metabolic engineering, gene therapy, cell and tissue engineering, drug design, discovery and delivery, functional genomics and proteomics.

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Electrical and Computer Engineering

The department was established in 1917 and is the second largest department in the College of Engineering. We offer ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. The undergraduate learning experience is enhanced by the optional cooperative education program that provides a coordinated sequence of alternate periods of classroom instruction and employment. At the graduate level, we offer a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (M.Sc.E.E.) and an interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Engineering. The M.Sc.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees allow a specialization in Computer Engineering, or in any field of electrical engineering.

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