The School of Engineering traces its roots to 1925, when the Technical Club of Dallas, a professional organization of practicing engineers, petitioned SMU to fulfill the need for an engineering school in the Southwest. In response to the club's request, the School of Engineering began one of the first cooperative education programs in the United States, a program that continues to put engineering students to work on real technical projects today.
Included in the School of Engineering curricula are programs in civil engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, environmental science, computer engineering, computer science, management science, mechanical engineering, and telecommunications systems. And 1990 was the kickoff year for the Complete Engineer a renewed emphasis on a well-rounded humanities and social sciences education combined with technical specialization. This emphasis continues today.
Corporate support for the engineering school has generated a remarkable array of equipment and laboratories. Recent additions include a microwave lab from General Dynamics, a robotics lab from General Electric, and an undergraduate circuit lab from Southwestern Bell. Other laboratories are in development, including one sponsored by AT&T. The Dallas area's national prominence in high technology and research has been a major plus for the School of Engineering.
The School of Engineering is a founder and charter member of the Association for Media-based Continuing Education for Engineers (AMCEE), a nationwide consortium of engineering schools that offer videotaped continuing education courses. In addition, the school is a founding member of the National Technological University (NTU), which offers engineering education to students across the country via direct broadcast satellite relay.
All senior-year engineering students are encouraged to take the first part of the examination for professional engineering licensure in the state of Texas. This is known as the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination and is given twice each year, in early April and early October. Application forms for the examination may be obtained from the Office of the Dean.
All programs of education and research in engineering are conducted through the School of Engineering. The school is organized into the following departments:
Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
Electrical Engineering (EE)
Engineering Management, Information, and Systems (EMIS)
Environmental and Civil Engineering (ENCE)
Mechanical Engineering (ME)
The School of Engineering offers curricula leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in the following programs (the department responsible for each program is indicated in parentheses):
Civil Engineering (ENCE)
Computer Engineering (CSE)
Computer Science (CSE)
Electrical Engineering (EE)
Environmental Engineering (ENCE)
Environmental Science (ENCE)
Management Science (EMIS)
Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Telecommunications Systems (EE)
Each curriculum is under the jurisdiction of the faculty of the department in which the program is offered.
The School of Engineering also offers graduate programs toward the degrees of Master of Science, Doctor of Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy.
The departments are the School of Engineering's basic operating and budgetary units. Each department is responsible for the development and operation of its laboratories at all levels of activity and for all purposes; for the content, teaching, and scheduling of its academic courses; and for the conduct of research programs. The chief administrative officer of each department is the department chair, who reports directly to the Dean.
Every effort has been made to include in this publication information that, at the time of preparation for printing, most accurately represents SMU within the context in which it was offered. The provisions of this publication are not, however, to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the student and SMU. The University reserves the right to change or terminate, at any time and without prior notice, any provision or requirement including, but not limited to, policies, procedures, charges, academic programs, videotaped courses, and television courses offered through The Green Network.
More information on the School of Engineering and its programs is available at engr.smu.edu.
This program is intended to allow students who enroll as full-time students to include a maximum of three semesters of professional work experience during the course of their study. Students must have obtained junior level class status prior to participating in work experience. Students cannot simultaneously enroll in a full-time load of course work and participate in a full-time work experience. A "full-time" course of study is defined as 12 or more credit hours per semester and a "full-time" work experience is defined as 37.5 hours worked per week. In order to preserve satisfactory academic achievement, students enrolled in a full-time course load should not work more than a maximum of 20 hours a week. Students who are actively participating in a full-time work experience should not enroll in more than 9 credit hours a semester. Zero hours of credit will be awarded for each semester of internship. Participation in this program will not jeopardize the full-time status of international students.
A student who wishes to participate in this program will need to receive an internship job offer relating to their major.
Once the necessary approvals are obtained, the student must register for the Undergraduate Internship Program course that is designated by the student's department (CSE 5050, EE 5050, EMIS 5050, ENCE 5050, ME 5050).
Upon conclusion of the work assignment, the student must submit a report outlining the activities and duties of the internship within two weeks of the end of the semester or at the end of the internship, whichever comes first. The student will submit a copy of the report to the Faculty Advisor, the International Office, (if applicable), and the Director of Undergraduate Professional Experience Programs of the School of Engineering. The Director of Undergraduate Professional Experience Programs, in consultation with the student's advisor, will assess the report and recommend a grade of Satisfactory "S" or Unsatisfactory "U" to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs within two weeks of receiving the report. The students work experience will be validated and recognized on the permanent transcript.