It is common for high school students to have some difficulty differentiating engineering and computing majors from each other. Many engineering and computing faculty were in that same position at that age.
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Fundamentals of Engineering Exam
The FE Exam is the first step in a series of two exams plus work experience toward licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE). A PE is required for any engineer who wishes to either sign and seal on engineering documents or offer professional engineering services direct to the public (e.g. consulting). For complete information on the FE Exam, including registration and preparation, please see the NCEES website. For more information on why you might consider engineering licensure, visit the National Society of Professional Engineers website.
For additional questions and clarifications, contact Dr. Brian Kirkmeyer at kirkmebp@MiamiOH.edu. Please be sure you have reviewed the link above and have specific questions prepared for him to address.
Once you have made the decision to transfer to Miami University and selected a CEC major, you will receive communications from the Office of Admission. You will also hear from our Orientation and Transition Programs office with regard to the orientation, advising, and registration process for transfer students and families.
FAQs for Prospective Students
Three things really stand out for Miami’s College of Engineering and Computing (CEC). First, employers and graduate programs highly value the combination of technical and non-technical education that our students receive. Second, experiential opportunities such as internships and co-ops, study abroad, undergraduate research and service organizations are plentiful and highly encouraged at Miami. Third, the close relationships between students and faculty, whether as instructors, advisors or simply friends, help everyone perform at their best.
Our college has a long history of strong academic performers with a passion for engineering and computing fields. This allows us to directly admit students interested in our majors at the time of applications, and acceptance to Miami University. Simply declare "Undeclared-CEC" or one of our specific majors on your application, and if you're accepted at Miami, you're accepted in CEC at Miami.
The first step is declaring one of our majors on the MU application. Next, make sure you submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the university by Miami’s FAFSA deadline, as it "flips the switch" to make you eligible for all types of aid, even you're determined to have no financial need. We then use the two criteria of major and need, and review them in conjunction with your academic record to make many of our scholarship decisions. Some programs (e.g. Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering) will also have registration parameters that must be followed for eligibility, but the rewards can be great.
The vast majority of aid for our students comes through merit- and need-based aid at the university level. When we have division- and department-level scholarships to award, we will typically make decisions during the late March/early April time frame. This should provide enough time for considering this information in your college decision regarding Miami, whose confirmation deadline is May 1.
Very high! Our CEC majors are designed to be completed in four years from matriculation at Miami. This four-year plan still allows opportunities for summer internships, some study abroad programs, undergraduate research and other prospects.
CEC students are empowered to develop skills to help them long-term with respect to career searches and job prospects. To that end, students are encouraged to register with Miami’s Career Services to apply, prepare and interview for internship, co-op, and permanent positions. By learning the job-search process in the internship/co-op stages, students have done much of the homework they need to have a more effective permanent job search. They will know the dos/don’ts of interviewing, the differences between the types of engineering/computing positions, the kind of industries that strike their fancy and so on. We want to allow students and companies the flexibility to choose a system that works for them, whether it means hiring students after their first year, having an extended co-op or internship term (say, January through August) or possibly offering an international experience. Most Miami CEC students choose to do summer internships because the summer timeframe fits better with Miami’s curricular structure, but some do a more traditional co-op rotation. Some students are ready after one year of college, while others are better served waiting a year or two longer. If it works for the student and company, it works for CEC and Career Services.
Absolutely! We highly encourage students to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad and there are multiple ways for students to do this. Contact the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office. The most common way is to study at Miami’s Luxembourg campus in the heart of Europe. Other options include a summer or winter CEC Study Abroad program in places like Poland, Germany, South Korea, India, Italy, and more. Another approach to gaining experience abroad is to participate in the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) organization. This is a successful professional chapter at Miami whose goal is to develop engineering solutions for underprivileged regions of the world. An example of this type of project is a clean water system project in Ecuador, allowing the residents there access to clean drinking water. One difference between an EWB project and a coursework-based study abroad is that no academic credit is earned through EWB, though the experience itself may be far more rewarding.
Certainly! CEC students at Miami currently represent over 20% of the students in the University Honors program here. This is despite having only about 10% of the overall student population at Miami. Due to our size and the high participation rate in the University Honors program, CEC does not have a separate Honors program. However, many different engineering and computing endeavors mesh extremely well with the experience-based outcomes expected of the Honors program. Please see Miami's Honors page for more information.
Useful Miami Resources
These offices can provide you with information about complementary programs with CEC, or other forms of academic support and career assistance.
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