Additional Major in Engineering and Public Policy
The EPP department offers additional major B.S. degree programs with each of the five traditional engineering departments in the engineering college. The engineering additional major leads to a fully accredited engineering degree that prepares students for traditional technical career. EPP additional major engineers are not educated to be a different kind of engineer. Rather their education is intended to enable them to be better, more socially responsible engineers in the traditional technical fields.
The undergraduate additional major programs in EPP combine the strong foundation in mathematics and physical sciences, and the development of engineering skills with a rigorous preparation in the analysis of social and political problems. The curricula include subject matter which is not part of traditional engineering or social science curricula, but which contains elements of each. Students complete courses in four core areas: economics, statistics, decision-making, and communication. Breadth is achieved through EPP Technology-Policy elective courses. Finally, students apply their skills in a project preparatory course and two interdisciplinary problem-solving projects. Problem areas for these projects are chosen from local, state, and national situations, and include such topics as: information privacy and security, environmental monitoring, global energy issues, terchnological innovation, and internet communicaiton technologies. Students from several CMU colleges enroll in these projects courses exposing EPP additional majors to working in truly multi- and inter- disciplinary situations.
EPP Program Educational Objectives
Together with the objectives of the traditional technical majors, the Engineering and Public Policy undergraduate program aims to produce graduates:
- Who are leaders and innovators in their professions and communities.
- Who value and make use of the broader perspective and analysis skills acquired through their additional major experience on Engineering and Public Policy in the workplace and beyond.
EPP Student Outcomes
By the end of the combined B.S. programs in a traditional program and the EPP program, students should have attained the following:
- 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 multidisciplinary 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 an 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 demonstrate that engineering analysis alone is not sufficient to solve a “real world” societal need or problem
- An ability to complete an analysis of a problem that involves technical, social science/behavioral, and policy dimensions and components
- An ability to characterize the scale and systems level impacts of technology and public policy solutions
- An ability to structure unstructured problems as part of a multi-disciplinary team
- An ability to recognize they are appropriately trained for careers beyond traditional engineering
19-101 Introduction to Engineering and Public Policy
19-201 EPP Sophomore Seminar
Core Area Courses
73-100 Principles of Economics
36-220 Engineering Statistics and Quality Control or other approved statistics course
Decision Science elective - one of the following, or other approved course
19-301 Decision Making Methods for EPP
88-223 Decision Analysis and Decision Support Systems
88-302 Behavioral Decision Making
EPP Writing and Communications - one of the following, or other approved course
15-221 Technical Communication for Computer Scientists
19-325 Writing for Policy
76-270 Writing for the Professions
At least 3 courses of EPP Technology-Policy electives (24 units minimum)
19-351 Applied Methods for Technology-Policy Analysis
19-451 EPP Projects (taken twice)
EPP Technology-Policy Electives include courses that synthesize engineering analysis and social analysis perspectives and apply them to problems with substantial societal and technological components. Specific areas of interest for these courses are (1) energy, resources, and the environment, (2) risk assessment, (3) forensic engineering, (4) urban engineering, (5) information and communication technology, and (6) product engineering and design, among others. Courses that teach methods or analysis skills necessary for solving complex problems or courses that provide technical background for policy relevant issues are also included.
A common lament from recruiters of undergraduates is a lack of general team-oriented, multi-faceted, problem-solving skills, along with poor written and oral communication skills to a broad audience. The capstone experience for EPP undergraduates consists of problem-solving project courses to synthesize technology-policy issues with social science analysis. In the EPP Projects Course, students experience working on unstructured, real-world problems that, for proper treatment, require teamwork and contributions from diverse disciplines. The EPP Projects courses provides all of those skills to students, and is the course most often identified by our alumni as the essential course of their undergraduate careers. Offered each semester, the courses involve faculty and students from EPP, the Department of Social and Decision Sciences, and the Heinz College. Problem areas are abstracted from local, state and national situations and involve the interaction of technology and public policy. Learn more about EPP Project Courses.
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