Whether in concept design and development or in applications and manufacturing, students in the School of Engineering + Technology work with outstanding faculty members who bring industry and business expertise to the classroom. The program emphasizes the hands-on application of theoretical and technical concepts through project-based learning (PBL), and students work on real-world assignments with companies across Western North Carolina, and beyond, through our Center for Rapid Product Realization.
The school's curriculum focuses on the development of critical thinking and decision-making abilities to help prepare students for the challenges they will face in a wide variety of careers.
The College of Engineering and Technology offers bachelor's degrees in the following areas of study:
Offered at both our Cullowhee campus and Biltmore Park Instructional Site
NC Engineering Pathways
Engineering Pathways is a joint project of the North Carolina Community College System and the University of North Carolina engineering programs to build and develop the pathways for students to begin engineering studies at a community college and then transfer as seamlessly as possible to one of the UNC engineering programs.
Faculty & Staff
|Name||Area of Specialization||Phone||Office|
|Mechanical Engineering||828.227.2181||Belk 220A|
|Powell, Sheri||Administrative Support Associate||828.227.2775||Belk 220|
|Adams, Robert – ECET Program Director||Electrical Engineering||828.227.2437||Belk 332|
|Coffin, Jim||Visiting Assistant Professor||828-227-2069||Belk 112|
|Denton, Jerry||Electrical Engineering||828.227.2516||Belk 368|
|Fahmy, Joe||Mechanical Engineering||828.227.2150||Belk 335|
|Ferguson, Chip||Associate Dean / Mechanical||828.227.2159||Belk 161|
|Granda-Manulanda, Nelson||Mechanical Engineering||828.227.3118||Belk 221|
|Ha, Oai||Mechanical Engineering||828.227.2438||Belk 231|
|Huang, Yeqin||Electrical Engineering||828.227.2543||Belk 337|
|Karayaka, Bora||Electric Power||828.227.2472||Belk 339|
|Kaul, Sudhir - BSE Program Director||Mechanical Engineering||828.227.2153||Belk 223|
|Pierce, Scott||Mechanical Engineering||828.227.2175||Belk 110|
|Ritenour, Andrew||Electrical Engineering||828.227.2177||Belk 224|
|Sezer, Hayri||Mechanical Engineering||828.227.2157||Belk 229|
|Stone, Wesley – ET Program Director||Mechanical and Manufacturing||828.227.2168||Belk 222|
|Tanaka, Martin||Mechanical Engineering||828.227.2561||Belk 338|
|Tay, Peter||Computer Engineering||828.227.2161||Belk 336|
|Thompson, Amber – Distance Learning Program Coordinator||Engineering Graphics, Rapid Prototyping||828.227.2517||Belk 114|
|Yan, Yanjun||Electrical Engineering||828.227.2648||Belk 334|
|Yang, Weiguo (Bill) - EE Program Director||Electrical Engineering||828.227.2693||Belk 331|
|Yanik, Paul - Graduate Program Director||Computer Engineering||828.227.2166||Belk 333|
|Zhang, Yang||Mechanical Engineering||828.227.2564||Belk 230|
As part of the College of Engineering and Technology's focus on project-based learning, students are required to participate in a two-semester senior capstone project. Working under the guidance of faculty and industry mentors, teams of two-to-four seniors tackle complex, real-world challenges proposed by industry sponsors who have been invited by the Center for Rapid Product Realization.
Working with course instructors, a faculty mentor and a mentor selected by the project sponsor, teams will use a multidisciplinary approach – including electrical engineering, electrical and computer engineering technology and engineering technology. To simulate a real work environment, teams use a stage/gate process, progressing from a project proposal to a minimum of three conceptual designs; continuing to a preliminary design review, a critical design review, and fabrication and testing of a prototype or proof of concept; and finishing with a wrap-up of documentation, test results and modifications, if needed, to resolve any issues revealed through testing.
Students gain valuable experience by working on a "real" project; analyzing and solving engineering problems; learning teamwork and presentation skills; setting goals, specifying deliverables and meeting deadlines; testing and modifying their work; and achieving measurable results. The proof that students can apply what they are learning will give them a distinct advantage in launching a career or applying for graduate school.
The College of Engineering and Technology is unique in making project based learning an integral part of the entire curriculum. From a student's first day on campus, our faculty and staff are committed to providing both instruction in the fundamentals of the courses they teach and guidance in how to apply the fundamentals to solve problems, improve processes and create new knowledge. As a result, our graduates have a distinct advantage, based on the theory they have learned and the experience they have gained, when they go on to advanced studies or begin to work in their chosen careers.
Our students work with other students, faculty and staff, corporate partners and project sponsors to solve problems and find solutions that will have impact. As a result, we have undergraduates who are receiving patents and getting their work published in prestigious journals. A significant number of our graduates have gone on to earn prestigious fellowships for study at the masters and PhD levels.
The College of Engineering and Technology at Western Carolina University has several student chapters of national engineering societies. Activities include meetings, guest speakers, trips, competitions, service projects, leadership opportunities, scholarships, networking, career guidance and more.
Professional engineering societies can support students while in school and in their future careers. These societies help members stay informed, connected, and growing professionally. They coordinate public outreach, education and service opportunities. Several of the professional societies provide scholarship, internship, and job opportunities for students.
WCU's College of Engineering and Technology has Student Chapters of the following professional engineering societies: