James Madison University

Mission and Objectives


Department of Engineering graduates will improve the sustainability of our world by analyzing problems and designing solutions in the context of technical, economic, environmental, and social impacts.

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years after graduation, alumni of the Engineering Program will establish themselves as professionals who have:

  • Made significant contributions to engineering practice and the profession using innovative design thinking, application of engineering principles, and understanding of system interactions and dependencies to develop sustainable solutions that safely address the needs of the global marketplace.
  • Functioned effectively in the work environment with integrity and professionalism.
  • Demonstrated the use of appropriate methods to effectively communicate with diverse audiences in the work environment.
  • Demonstrated a commitment to professional development through on-the-job experiences or advanced studies.

PHOTO:students in labThe successful engineering student is characterized by a strong interest in science, math, and technology.  Engineering students enjoy learning about how things work, and excel in design and problem solving activities using a wide variety of different tools and methods.  They have good interpersonal skills, are articulate communicators, and enjoy working in groups to design new things.  Their interests tend to be broad rather than narrowly defined.  They are characterized by a curiosity and a practical ingenuity that makes them want to understand the natural and man-made world around them and use that understanding to solve real-world human problems.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the Department of Engineering should have an ability to:

  1. apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. have understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. communicate effectively.
  8. have the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. have knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.