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School of Engineering Announces New Robotics Engineering Major

The School of Engineering at Widener University has announced a new undergraduate major – Robotics Engineering. Robotics engineering is an emerging discipline that crosses over a wide variety of industries and is on the cusp of impacting every aspect of the way we work and live. This will be the first undergraduate robotics engineering major in the region. Widener University is among a few pioneering institutions offering this major nationwide.

The use of robotics systems is expanding at an accelerated pace into almost every industry, including aeronautical, aerospace, agriculture, automotive, chemical, defense, electronics, energy, food and beverage, health care, homeland security, material processing and handling, manufacturing, nuclear, pharmaceutical, and transportation.  

The overarching goal of robotics engineers is to create systems that can pursue missions that are dangerous or not suitable for humans, or perform tasks with speed and accuracy that are otherwise unachievable.

“Our robotics engineering degree will prepare students for a career on the cutting edge of technology in one of the most innovative regions in the U.S.,” Dr. Fred Akl, dean of the School of Engineering, said. “Job growth for robotics engineers is anticipated to rise rapidly to meet the demand to invent, research, design, manufacture, sell, and service robotics systems and components. Our program will help fill the increasing need for robotics engineers.”

Widener University is well positioned to introduce this new major, as the engineering faculty have already teamed up with leaders from the robotics community to host an Engineering Robotics Camp this summer, as an opportunity for high school students to learn about robotics systems and to develop their science, technology, engineering, and math skills. The School of Engineering will also host a VEX Robotics Competition this fall.

The robotics engineering program will provide a broad-based education in a supportive environment that encourages analytical and creative thinking, while exposing students to real-world practical aspects of the engineering profession. The curriculum is rigorous and includes common engineering classes as well as topics like machine design for robotic systems, control of robotic systems, and robotics and mechatronics laboratory. Students will participate in multiple lab courses and team-based projects.

There is also an optional co-op employment and internships available, which can be completed with the degree in four years. Students can pursue dual degrees with other majors such as biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science. An accelerated (4+1) bachelor’s/master’s program and an engineering honors program are available to qualified students.

Students can begin enrolling in the program for fall 2018.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,