UCR is currently furnishing a lab in the center of the UCR campus in which the new Engineering department will be housed.
The world today faces many complicated challenges, consider for example the UN Sustainable Development goals. Technology has always been an essential tool for humankind to make progress, but now more than ever it is vital that technology is used wisely.
Unlike more traditional engineering programs, at UCR we connect engineering disciplines with all of the other disciplines UCR has on offer. In addition to technology-related courses, engineering majors are encouraged (and to an extent required) to take courses in other departments. Whether it is ethics, social psychology, political science or earth science, students will learn different ways of seeing and analyzing the world. Interdisciplinary collaboration is the future and for that reason it is not only important that engineers understand technology, it’s important they understand people as well.
Another special aspect of our program is our location. Middelburg and its surroundings directly experience a range of global challenges and local organizations are addressing these issue. For example: our region is below sea level so water security is historically of great importance, local companies are in the process of building large off-shore wind parks, we are close to the largest Dutch national park with a unique maritime ecosystem that is carefully monitored. UCR engineering and local organizations, companies and research facilities are committed to working together to give student experiences in addressing these issues.
In designing the engineering program, our focus in on asking students to create ‘small-scale sustainable solutions’. Small-scale products can be designed, tested and implemented relatively quickly, so students can go beyond basic prototyping. Modern technology allows small products to be highly functional and create a lot of impact. Products should be sustainable in the sense that little or no waste or pollution is created during production, use and decommissioning. Of course it is not always possible to achieve all these goals, but a modern engineer should certainly try!
Starting in Fall 2019 a small pioneering group followed the first engineering courses. Read about their experience here.
For the first few years of the program some financial aid is available for engineering majors. Read more about the tuition fee waivers here.
Data science is the study of the generalizable extraction of knowledge from data. It covers the entire pipeline from data acquisition, cleanup, and algorithmic analysis to meaningful visualization of the results. Data science combines insights from statistics, mathematics, computing science, and information science, and has applications in virtually all domains. Modern autonomous robots working outside a structured factory environment must plan their actions based on incomplete and imprecise models of the world around them. Most robots use vision systems to collect data for these models. Computer vision helps them to extract structural information about the objects from collected image data.
- 100-level: Introduction to Data Science
- 200-level: Machine Learning
- 200-level: Computer Vision
- 300-level: Robotics
- 300-level: Topics in Data Science
Electronics track provide students with solid foundations in core concepts in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Students learn about the electrical components, circuits, systems as well as analysis techniques and numerical methods that are relevant to electronic and computing technologies. The courses and projects provide students with computational skills using common tools such as Mathematica, MATLAB, Python, and C# as well as PSPICE. In addition to studying the fundamentals of conventional analog and digital technologies, students also apply these foundations to the analysis of emerging electronic systems and their novel applications in computation. The track courses provide students with experience in developing small-scale high-tech solutions ranging from electronic sensors that can be used to develop sustainable solutions to climate crisis to more abstract quantum electronics technologies.
- 100-level: Basic Electronics and Circuits
- 200-level: Control Systems
- 200-level: Information Theory and Communication
- 300-level: Advanced Electronics
Energy and flow will give you core courses on sustainable forms of Energy, including electricity generation, heat and transportation – on land, on sea and in the boundaries between the two. Being at a liberal arts and science collage and the inherently interdisciplinary nature of our program will enable you to look into even more aspects of Energy, from environmental legislation and environmental impact assessment to social implications. Explore how you can help shape a better future by studying Energy Systems at UCR.
- 100-level: Thermodynamics
- 200-level: Heat and Flow
- 300-level: Renewable Energy Systems
- 300-level: Rivers and Estuaries
The accumulation of waste in the world necessitates a strong action of sustainable materials. In this track you will learn about the properties of materials and how they depend on material composition and structure. From that starting point you will learn about the properties of materials and how they depend on their physical/chemical structure, how to process new biobased/-degradable materials into products and how they can be used for a more sustainable future.
- 100-level: Structures and Properties
- 200-level: Continuum Mechanics
- 300-level: Future Materials Processing
In this track students cooperate in teams to solve challenges/design products related to the UN global sustainability goals with a strong focus on energy, food, water and materials. Students from all departments are encouraged to participate. The projects provide students the option to apply knowledge in a practical environment, to learn how to cooperate in an interdisciplinary group and to create product solutions to societal challenges.
- 100-level: Project I – Energy Transition
- 100-level: Project II – Sensor Systems for Sustainability
- 200-level: Intermediate Project I – Consumer Product Design
- 300-level: Advanced Project I – Research in a Sustainable Delta