The overarching goal of the ESE program is to produce a competent and conscientious energy systems engineer who will be prepared to take on a responsible role as a contributing member within an energy industry that will be challenged to meet the future energy needs of a growing population and a highly technical society.
The ESE PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES are:
1. The program will prepare graduates for careers serving the engineering and business interests of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States, and the International Community.
2. The program will prepare graduates for careers in the rapidly growing conventional and alternative energy industries, including but not limited to positions in project design, planning, procurement, installation, testing, power distribution and control systems management.
3. The program will prepare graduates to attain professional standing and encourage lifelong learning through pursuit of higher education, job training, licenses and certifications in energy systems engineering and all related disciplines.
4. The program will provide the graduates with an understanding of their professional and ethical repsonsibilities and with the ability to effectively communicate and perform in diverse environments as contributing members of our highly technical society.
The STUDENT OUTCOMES expected of all ESE graduates include the following skills.
(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
(c) an ability to 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.
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
(g) an ability to communicate effectively.
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues.
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
As a condition for graduation and program assessment, all students in the ESE Program will be required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. This nationwide exam is administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and is usually taken during the student's final semester of their senior year. Starting in 2014, the FE exam was changed to a computer based exam that the student will apply for and schedule on their own. The six hour comprehensive multiple choice exam will be taken at an authorized testing center. The FE exam tests the student's overall applied science and engineering knowledge and is the first step required on the path to a Professional Engineer's (PE) license. To learn more about the FE and PE exams visit NCEES.org.
The below table shows the ESEN enrollment figures for the respective fall semester in each academic year.
FT = Full time students PT = Part time (commuter) students
1 Prior to fall 2014, freshmen did not declare a major until after the winter sea term.