Professors Orwin (Chair), Bassman, Bright, Bryce, Cardenas, Cha, Clark, Dato, Durón, Gokli, Harris, Hosseini, Krauss, Lape, Lee, Little, Moghaddam, Remer, Spencer, Spjut, Srebotnjak, Tsai, Wang, Yang, and Zorman.
Program Educational Objectives
- Produce graduates who are exceptionally competent engineers whose work is notable for its breadth and its technical excellence;
- Provide a hands-on approach to engineering so that graduates develop an understanding of engineering judgment and practice;
- Prepare and motivate students for a lifetime of independent, reflective learning;
- Produce graduates who are fully aware of the impact of their work on society, both nationally and globally;
- Offer a curriculum that is current, exciting, and challenging for both students and faculty but can be completed in four years by any motivated student who is admitted to Harvey Mudd.
Based on the premise that design is the distinguishing feature of engineering, the Harvey Mudd engineering program provides a broad-based, hands-on experience in engineering practice and synthesis as well as in analysis. Thus, the engineering program is designed to prepare graduates for professional practice, for advanced study in a specific engineering discipline, and for a lifetime of independent learning. Culminating in an unspecialized bachelor’s degree, the program emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving.
Pioneered by the Department of Engineering at Harvey Mudd College in 1963, the Engineering Clinic brings together teams of students to work with faculty advisors and external liaison engineers on carefully selected, industry- and government-sponsored design and development projects. The students plan and execute their projects; the faculty advise, coach, monitor, evaluate, and provide feedback; the sponsors’ liaisons ensure that the sponsors’ goals are achieved and that the design experience corresponds as closely as possible to what engineers encounter in actual practice. Thus, the questions and problems that student teams face are typical of those regularly confronted by practicing engineers, and the solutions they devise must work in practice, not just in theory.
We believe that our broad engineering program graduates engineers capable of adapting changing technologies to expanding human needs, while at the same time being sensitive to the impact of their work on society. In this context, an engineering major may choose to emphasize a particular engineering specialty by appropriate choice of elective courses and Engineering Clinic projects. Specific programs tailored to individual needs are developed in consultation with an engineering faculty advisor.