McDaniel launches Engineering track and partnership with Washington University in St. Louis

April 04, 2019

McDaniel College announces a new Engineering track beginning in Fall 2019 that allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in Physics with a specialization in Engineering. 

In partnership with Washington University in St. Louis, McDaniel students also will have the option to enroll at the James McKelvey School of Engineering at WashU for a second degree, either a bachelor’s or master’s, in Biomedical, Chemical, Computer, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, or Systems Science and Engineering.  

Students can choose to spend three or four years at McDaniel before entering the dual-degree program at WashU where they can receive a second bachelor’s degree in an Engineering field, or a second bachelor’s degree, as well as a master’s degree in Engineering, or enroll in an Engineering master’s program after completing a bachelor’s degree in Physics at McDaniel. 

According to Jeff Marx, Physics professor and department chair at McDaniel, “Engineering is of growing interest to the students in our department and we are excited to be able to enhance our current pre-engineering offering. We are particularly proud of our partnership with WashU as students will be able to stay at McDaniel to complete their bachelor’s degrees before going on to graduate school for their master’s degrees.” 

“McDaniel is now among a select group of schools, and only the second in Maryland, to be affiliated with WashU,” said Ron Laue, assistant dean of the James McKelvey School of Engineering. “Our program is an attractive alternative to traditional engineering curricula and we like to think of our graduates as ‘liberally educated engineers’ with strong communication and problem-solving skills, a broad background in the humanities and social sciences, and a high-quality technical education.” 

Additionally, Mehrshad Mehboudi joins McDaniel as a new Physics professor specializing in Mechanical and Microelectronic Engineering, as well as Microelectronics. He is currently conducting research at the University of Arkansas, where he earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Microelectronics-Photonics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tehran in Iran and master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology.  

“I look forward to bringing my experience in teaching and research, as well as my work in the field, to McDaniel and helping to shape the college’s new Engineering program,” said Mehboudi. 

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