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Penn State developed the engineering degree with the multidisciplinary engineering design option in response to the evolving needs of companies in the Greater Philadelphia region and beyond. The curriculum offers a firm grounding in engineering fundamentals, embraces multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary education, and integrates component solutions into a systems perspective.

The major incorporates advanced coursework in electrical engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and engineering design to produce innovative engineers specializing in systems design and integration.

In developing the bachelor of engineering degree with the multidisciplinary engineering design (MDE) option, Penn State has drawn upon its strengths as one of the premier institutions in engineering education and research.

Curriculum Overview

The first two years focus on foundational engineering coursework, which can be completed at Penn State Abington or Penn State Brandywine. The next two years of advanced engineering coursework are completed at the new engineering facilities at Penn State Great Valley, where students will study engineering design with an emphasis on robotics applications.

The engineering program is designed to prepare graduates for:

  • employment in public or private sectors in fields such as design, research and development, experimentation and testing, manufacturing, and technical sales.
  • a level of competence and expertise that will lead to an increasing level of responsibility and leadership within an organization.
  • effective communication and collaborative work in multidisciplinary and multicultural work environments.

  • appreciation of the global, environmental, social, and ethical contexts of their work.

  • a commitment to lifelong learning to enhance their careers and provide flexibility in responding to changing social and technical environments, which will enable graduates to pursue advanced degrees or certificate programs.

The MDE program develops technical and problem-solving skills, written and oral communication skills, teamwork and leadership skills, all of which culminate in a two-semester senior design engineering project and a compulsory internship in the engineering industry.

Internships and Research

In addition to rigorous engineering, mathematics and physics coursework, engineering students are strongly encouraged to participate in undergraduate research projects in engineering and robotics, engineering club activities, local industry internships, and engineering opportunities abroad.

Complementary Minors and Certificates

The following minors complement the curriculum of the engineering degree:

Graduation and Beyond

The Multidisciplinary Engineering Design (MDE) option provides graduates with a very broad background in math, science, engineering, and engineering design, with an emphasis on team design that includes several engineering disciplines. These skills are often associated with the design of large systems such as ships, aircraft, automobiles, spacecraft, robots, and other complex systems that require the knowledge of several engineering disciplines to complete a successful design.

Career opportunities include:

  • systems engineering
  • design engineering
  • process engineering
  • development engineering
  • product engineering
  • manufacturing engineering
  • materials engineering