School of Engineering
Engineers don’t just build the world of tomorrow— they make it a better place to live, work, and play.
At Widener University’s School of Engineering, students are trained to think creatively about developing solutions to the problems we face as a global society. Working closely with expert faculty in small classes, they learn the fundamentals of engineering while also exploring its many practical applications — from biomedical, energy, and computers to networking, transportation, and environmental engineering.
You’ll definitely get to know your engineering professors at Widener. Our student to faculty ratio in the School of Engineering is 16:1, meaning our students get individualized attention from their teachers in and out of the classroom. Undergraduates here also conduct research with faculty members on their own areas of specialty.
Our engineering curriculum is split evenly between the classroom and the lab, and students spend as much time putting theory into practice as they do in lecture. For an even stronger foundation, students can also double-major in the science — like physics or chemistry — that supports their chosen discipline.
Widener’s undergraduate engineering program culminates with Senior Project, a capstone course spread over two semesters in which graduating seniors work in small groups to develop solutions to real-world engineering problems. In recent years, seniors have designed a pedestrian bridge, an upgrade of an existing wastewater treatment plant, a thermoelectric power generator, and a cooling device to minimize ischemic brain injury during surgery.
Diverse Classroom & Field Experiences
Engineering is about testing ideas and putting them to work. To help students get a jump start on their careers, we offer the optional Cooperative Education program. Both undergraduate and graduate students are placed in highly-paid, 12-month positions with partners like Air Products, Boeing, Disney, Dupont, Exelon, Naval Surface Warfare Center, PennDOT and SIEMENS. Want to know what’s even better? You can do co-op and still finish your degree on time.
Get On The Fast Track
If you know you want to pursue a graduate degree in engineering -- and these days, who doesn’t? -- our BS/MEng (Bachelor of Science/Master of Engineering) Program might be right for you. It’s an accelerated program that makes it possible for engineering students to complete their bachelor of science and Master of Engineering degrees in as little as five years.
Competitive scholarships and free laptop computers are available to qualified incoming freshmen. In addition the School of Engineering is a Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) member so that students are immersed in an Entrepreneurial mind set throughout their undergraduate studies.
The chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone: 410-347-7700. The biomedical engineering program is expected to receive accreditation retroactively at the earliest opportunity allowed by the accreditation board upon graduation of the first cohort of students.
If you want practical experience, a technically advanced learning center and outstanding career opportunities, we are the program for you.
Dean Fred Akl
Professor Fred A. Akl, dean of the School of Engineering, discusses his work with NASA during the STS-63 and STS-71 space shuttle missions.
At the Health Annex
Lynn Freda, a nurse and graduate student in Widener's Family Nurse Practitioner master's program, talks about her experiences working with Dr. Shirlee Drayton-Brooks, associate professor at the School of Nursing.
Dr. Marina Barnett
Dr. Marina Barnett, associate professor in the Center for Social Work Education, talks about the leadership qualities she sees in her students. Also, Dr. Barnett gives an amazing Widener rallying cry. Check it out!
Catherine Rawlings '14
Catherine Rawlings, a junior from West Chester, Pa., talks about why she participates in the AmeriCorps Community Fellows program at Widener.
Dr. Jeannette Wyatt
Assistant Professor Jenny Wyatt discusses the work and impact of the Widener Center for Violence Prevention.
Dr. Nadine McHenry
Associate Professor Nadine McHenry talks about the importance of exposing teacher candidates to schoolchildren from different contexts.
University College student Dale Kerns Jr. established the Little Angels Foundation, which provides financial and emotional support for children suffering from cancer, tumors, and other deadly diseases.
College of Arts & Sciences
Chemistry Major Anna Miller ‘12, from East Prospect, PA, served as site team leader at CityTeam International in Chester, where she coordinated the efforts of 10 other PSC students.
College of Arts & Sciences
Anthropology Major Sara E. McManus ’13 has been named a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow, an award that recognizes inspiring college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities.
Alternative Spring Break
Anthropology Major Jess Viscuso ’12 and Nursing Major Devin Weesner ’13 coordinated Alternative Spring Break efforts for 87 students and faculty and staff chaperones at six locations throughout the U.S.
Institute of Physical Therapy Education
Doctoral Student Scott Cheney serves on the board of the Society for Student-run Medical Clinics, where he is one of five national directors charged with planning the society’s international conference.
President James T. Harris III has been appointed chair of the Board Directors for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) for 2012–13. Harris has served on the AICUP Board of Directors since 2007, most recently as vice-chair.
Dr. Harry Augensen, associate dean of science and professor of physics and astronomy, helped alumnus Dominic Liberto ’08 arrange a private moment during a public viewing at the Widener University Observatory to propose to his girlfriend, Jenn. She said yes!