Electrical engineers work in a wide variety of fields from
nanoscale computer circuits to megawatt-scale power stations. They get involved
with biomedical and rehabilitation engineering, signal processing, control systems
and robotics, dielectrics and high voltage work, gravity materials science, motor
drives and power quality. Career options include circuit designer, communication
engineer, power engineer, system engineer and signal processing.
Computer engineers work on all aspects of computer
hardware, software and the interface between the two. Computer engineers run
today’s technological society, including our telecommunication systems, power
grids, and even banking systems and businesses. Computer engineering
career options include computer hardware design, interactive graphical user
interface design, software tool development, multimedia and networked
systems, enterprise technology and micro- and nanoelectronics.
Mechanical engineers make an impact on almost
every aspect of modern society due to their vital role in the design, manufacturing
and production of prostheses, engines, machineries, as well as vehicles that
navigate underwater, on the ground and into space. Areas of specialization include
biomechanics, machine design, robotics, manufacturing, welding processes, fluids
and thermal sciences, metallic and nonmetallic materials properties, acoustics
and laser processing, internal combustion engines, computer-aided design and
manufacturing. Specific fields of study can range from biomechanics and assistive
technologies for the disabled to automation and robotics systems, engine and
propulsion systems, and the design of ships, submarines and bullet trains.
Aeronautical Engineering encompasses all areas
related to aircraft and aviation. Aircraft design, low- and high-speed aerodynamics,
light-weight structures, stability and control of aerospace vehicles, and propulsion
system design are but a few examples. Career options include propulsion systems
design and testing, high-speed aerodynamics, airframe design, wind tunnel testing,
flight testing of new vehicles, as well as design of cabin comfort systems, high-
speed trains, unmanned spacecrafts, space stations, and underwater vehicles.
Related areas include wind energy systems and ground vehicle drag reduction.
If you’re interested in engineering, but you don’t know what
field attracts you most, Engineering Studies will make a great place to start.You can
enroll in engineering, begin with a common core curriculum, sample activities in all
engineering majors, and wait to declare a major until your second year at Clarkson.
Every sphere of human activity is growing more complicated and interdependent. Local issues are becoming global. Technology
is everyone’s concern. And the answers to tomorrow’s complex issues require cooperation among many people — today.
The Coulter School of Engineering prepares graduates to work in this complex, interconnected global village. We give all
students a solid foundation in science, engineering, humanities and management.
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering:
Chemical and biomolecular engineers deal with many problems that arise in a
technical society. They make, or perfect, useful products like gasoline, nylon, paper, penicillin, peanut butter, silicon wafers,
catalytic crackers and beer. Chemical and biomolecular engineers work on tasks such as product development, process design,
management, quality control, pollution control, marketing and technical sales. They are devising new ways for living organisms
to perform molecular transformations, and discovering innovative methods for delivering medicines. Chemical engineers have
historically had the highest starting salaries of all the major engineering professions.
Civil engineers are at the forefront of such activities as designing and constructing bridges, buildings, water
and wastewater treatment facilities, harbors, airports and other public works. The infrastructure necessary to keep cities operating
on all levels is designed by civil engineers. They also perform cutting-edge research in areas such as mitigating earthquake
damage in large structures and using artificial intelligence to improve the operation of transportation systems.
Environmental engineers are stewards of the environment. They
design processes to mitigate pollution and also to prevent it entirely. They have taken a leadership
role in eliminating the hazardous and solid wastes of society, responsibly developing surface and
groundwater resources for beneficial use, managing environmental quality and minimizing the effects
of pollutants. Environmental engineers design for a sustainable future in air quality, water quality,
global climate, and human health and safety. Students can also take advantage of the resources
available through the University’s interdisciplinary research institute and centers: Institute for a
Sustainable Environment (ISE), the Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science (CARES),
the Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSES) and the Great Rivers Center (GRC)
Brandon Rivera ’13
Civil Engineering major
Undergraduate Research Experience:
The use of phase change materials in
concrete to reduce the heating and
cooling costs of buildings. Funded by
Faculty Research Mentor:
Prof. Narayanan Neithalath
NASA Motivating Undergraduates in Science
& Technology (MUST) Scholar
Vice president of the Society of Hispanic
Magister of Sigma Chi Fraternity
Summer internship at the NASA Langley
Bethann Parmelee ’12
Environmental Engineering major
Undergraduate Research Experience:
Turning wastewater into biofuel to power
wastewater management facilities.
Faculty Research Mentors: Prof. Susan Powers
and Prof. Michael Twiss
Member of the varsity women’s cross-country team
Member of the Golden Knotes a cappella group
One in five
Clarkson alumni is already a
CEO, president, vice president,
outside of the