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College of Engineering and Technology

School of Engineering + Technology

Professor with engineering students


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.

Degree Programs

The College of Engineering and Technology offers bachelor's degrees in the following areas of study:

ABET Accredited Programs

Electrical Engineering, B.S.E.E.
Engineering, B.S. 
Engineering Technology – Applied Systems Technology, B.S.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, B.S.

Other Programs

Engineering Technology – Technical Operations, B.S.
Master of Science in Technology

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
Jack, Hugh
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

Senior Capstone Project

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.

Project Based Learning

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.

Student Organizations

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:

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers International (SAE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
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