One of WCU’s six academic colleges, the College of Engineering and Technology offers a variety of degree programs in engineering, technology and construction management. Each program is centered on two interlocking goals: to prepare students for career success through project-based learning and engage students and faculty in productive partnerships with business and industry for economic development.
Preparing students for post-graduation success
Project-based learning is an integral part of the curriculum for every program in the College of Engineering and Technology. Our students work in teams with faculty and staff, corporate partners, and project sponsors to discover solutions to problems that will have impact far beyond the classroom. We offer students and partners access to incredible facilities with the latest engineering technologies. As a result, we have undergraduates who have received patents for new inventions and others whose work has been published in prestigious journals. Thanks to our project-based approach, our graduates have a distinct advantage in the job market.
In December, Kenyatta Fortune will become a three-time graduate of Western Carolina University. Doing so didn’t come without facing significant challenges. “The dynamics are different,” Fortune said. “While the professors provide guidance, encouragement and support, the student is given full autonomy in setting personal timelines, meeting agendas and maintaining contact with milestone updates on their thesis research.”
Engineering students find creative ways to distribute Halloween candy. The traditional ways to celebrate Halloween will be the next victim of the global pandemic, COVID-19.
There was a time when faculty members spent most of their days preparing their lectures, presenting them to their students and being available during office hours for extra instruction. Some also had the additional task of preparing for laboratory work or work outside of campus, such as hospitals and nursing homes. Then came the coronavirus, COVID-19, and a new way of teaching was born.
The College of Engineering and Technology partners with business and industry to research, design, prototype, test new products and processes, and reverse engineer products through The Rapid Center, WCU’s College of Engineering and Technology's in-house research and development facility.
Through the Rapid Center, businesses and industry can work with engineering and technology students in the School of Engineering + Technology on research and development projects. We accept project proposals year round and conduct projects in the fall and spring.