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College of Engineering Mission

Objectives of the Francis College of Engineering

The Francis College of Engineering seeks to prepare men and women to be successful in engineering or their chosen profession.

The faculty and staff of the Francis College of Engineering are strongly committed to providing our students with a high quality education relevant to the needs of society and industry. We will do this in a cooperative atmosphere that facilitates learning and cares about the needs of our students.

Programs are available in several engineering disciplines to accommodate varied interests. In addition, within each discipline students may prepare for various careers such as research, development, design, production, construction, teaching, and management. A faculty advisor is assigned to each student to provide experienced guidance in selecting programs and courses and in career planning.

Each student is encouraged to develop his or her full potential as an engineer with a high degree of awareness of the technological needs of society, the nation, and particularly those of Massachusetts industry, government, and educational institutions.

The college stresses professional needs by continuously updating courses and options in the standard engineering and selected specialty programs. The departments use all available resources to advance the level of excellence of their programs. 

The following undergraduate engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering: Nuclear Engineering Option
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Plastics Engineering

New programs in Biomedical Engineering and Environmental Engineering will be up for accreditation upon graduation of the first class of students. Engineering Technology bachelor's degree programs are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Departments adhere to the standards of the National Society of Professional Engineers. The college also follows the careers of successful graduates, and solicits their views on making programs more relevant and effective.

In each discipline, the College of Engineering offers graduate research programs that not only serve as a source of updating the undergraduate course offerings, but also ensure that faculty are on the cutting edge of their particular disciplines. These programs advance the general level of information and knowledge that is so essential in fast-moving technological fields, while providing the highly specialized research required by industry. By functioning as an educational resource to the engineering profession and industry of the Commonwealth through instruction, consulting services, and research, the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell provides its students with an ever-current view of the working world for which they must prepare.

The college also offers associate and baccalaureate degree programs in Engineering Technology in the evenings through Online & Continuing Education.