Mission Statement and Objective

The mission of ECU's Department of Engineering is to provide a theory-based, application-oriented general engineering education that serves as a basis for career success and lifelong learning. Our graduates demonstrate the engineering and scientific knowledge to analyze, design, improve and evaluate integrated technology-based systems. Our program welcomes a diverse student body and provides the support to foster its success.

The objective of the ECU engineering program is to prepare graduates to be engineers who:

  1. are successful in a technical career or graduate school
  2. demonstrate commitment to the professional and ethical standards of engineering and service to the community and profession
  3. are productive team members with effective leadership skills
  4. engage in lifelong commitment to learning and professional development
  5. demonstrate innovation and critical thinking in creating engineering designs and solving problems
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The BS in Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org .

Graduates of the ECU Engineering Program have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and the ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • An ability to apply engineering concepts to an area of concentrated study chosen from industrial and systems engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, bioprocess engineering and biomedical engineering.

The ECU Department of Engineering enrolled the first students in Fall 2008 and has continued to grow since that time. The current plan is to grow to approximately 1,000 undergraduate students, maintaining the focus on excellence in undergraduate engineering education.

Enrollment Fall Semester of Year Shown:

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
37 80 105 182 257 350 301 400 457 521 553 615 594 553

Graduation by Calendar Year:

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
26 17 20 36 38 60 70 84 106 107

Pirate Engineers 10 Year Reunion