Information for Prospective Students
Engineers apply science and technology to design new or improved products, processes or systems that serve the needs of society. Today, many challenging engineering problems are interdisciplinary in nature, and innovative design solutions require the integration of knowledge and technology from several different disciplines. The most difficult and important challenges involve political, economic, and social factors as well as technical ones. Integrated Engineers have a broad knowledge of engineering fundamentals, rather than specialized knowledge in one discipline. They are ideally suited to work with teams of specialists to seek innovative solutions to new interdisciplinary challenges including climate change, renewable energy, energy efficient vehicles, environmentally-friendly buildings, food and water security, etc. Every industry and sector of society is affected by and must respond to these global challenges.
Western Integrated Engineering graduates have already made contributions in many different industries, including: petrochemical, automotive, manufacturing, engineering consulting, management consulting, biotechnology, environmental engineering, and computers and electronics.
Integrated Engineering is an interdisciplinary program that integrates fundamentals from several engineering disciplines rather than concentrating on one. The curriculum consists of fundamental courses from four departments: Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (CBE), Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Electrical and Computer Engineering (CBE), and Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME).
After the common first year Engineering program, students pursue the next three years in Integrated Engineering. They take courses in fundamental engineering subjects including Mechanics of Materials, Thermodynamics, Environmental Engineering, Fluid Flow, Digital Logic, Electrical Circuits, Electromechanics, Structural Theory and Design, Heat Transfer Operations, Engineering Dynamics, Engineering Design, Business Organization, Engineering Ethics, Sustainable Development and Law. In the final year, students may select from a large number of technical electives offered by different engineering departments.
The program emphasizes engineering design, and offers interdisciplinary design projects in every year of the program. Students have the option to work on different projects every year, including working with students from other disciplines on student “megaprojects” such as the Sunstang solar car project. Integrated Engineering students also have a unique opportunity to work on large projects that last for more than one year as part of their formal design education.
Given the unique program, enrollment into Integrated Engineering is limited.
Integrated Engineering and Management Option
This combined program will allow exceptional students interested in the management of companies to pursue an education in Integrated Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and in Business Administration in the Richard Ivey School of Business. Many of today’s business leaders and industrial executives have built their careers from an engineering degree together with a degree in business. The combination of both degrees offers outstanding employment opportunities, especially in the fastest growing sector of small to medium sized companies. The program requires five academic years rather than the usual six years if both degrees were to be completed separately. More information can be found at http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg1438.html
Integrated Engineering and Medicine Option
The Integrated Engineering program offered by the Faculty of Engineering, together with the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, offer a combined program leading toward a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree and an MD degree. The combined program takes seven years rather than eight years if both degrees were pursued separately. The program is aimed at high-achieving students and requires high admission performance standards. One way to prepare oneself for a career in technology-dependent medicine is to combine studies in Engineering and Medicine. More information can be found at http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg1439.html
Integrated Engineering and Law Option
This combined program will allow exceptional students interested in high technology and the associated legal issues to pursue an education in Integrated Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering combined with an education in Law. The program requires six academic years rather than the usual seven years if both degrees were to be completed separately. The possible careers for graduates include work in patent and intellectual property law, new areas of information technology law, forensic sciences and others. More information can be found at http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg1440.html
Many students in Integrated Engineering enhance their education while at Western by completing concurrent degrees. Normally, a student would choose to do a concurrent degree with a major module in the Faculty of Science, Social Science or Arts and Humanities such as Materials Science, Biomaterials, Computer Science, Psychology, or English. Combining both programs allows students to graduate with both degrees in less time than it would take to complete each degree independently.
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