Three branches of engineering, one goal: workforce readiness

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GCU Today Magazine

GCU is training tomorrow’s engineers in an interdisciplinary setting that replicates the workforce environment. Here’s a snapshot of each program emphasis:

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Also known as “bioengineering,” this field produces technology for medical devices and other health care purposes. It’s where engineering and medicine come together to solve humanity’s biological problems and improve patient care through automation.

Innovations: Implants that regulate the brain’s response to hunger and guide weight loss in obese adults, optical scanners that analyze the skin to potentially reduce the need for routine dermatological biopsies, and microchips that alert doctors to potential heart attacks

Major course topics: Biomedical Design Elements, Biomaterials and Biomedical Instrumentation and Devices

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

From portable electronic devices to robotic manufacturing systems, engineers in this broad field work on hardware that delivers data for a range of everyday purposes. The technology they build and maintain keeps everything from wireless networks to power plants humming along at an optimal pace.

Innovations: Renewable energy delivery systems, such as high-efficiency solar cell materials, and microcircuit boards and nano-electronics for biomedical implants

Major course topics: Advanced Circuits, Electromagnetic Fields and Optics, and Communications Signal Processing

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Considered the broadest of all engineering disciplines, mechanical engineers often overlap in their careers with electrical engineers. Both deal in mechanical systems, but mechanical engineers specialize in how structures and machines withstand stress, systems that convert energy into power and the design of machinery.

Innovations: Advanced computer-assisted design modeling programs and alternative fuel systems, in addition to 3-D printers that use additive direct laser sintering and microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS

Major course topics: Mechanical Instrumentation and Devices, Structure and Property of Materials, and Solid Mechanics

Learn more about how GCU’s new engineering programs provide hands-on learning and work opportunities for students in this GCU Today Magazine article, and click here to read about a father who has used advancements in technology and health care to benefit his son, a GCU student.


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