Engineering

HPU Engineering students graduate with an ability to apply knowledge of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science within a range of disciplines, offering innovative approaches for solving practical challenges. Students will develop novel, creative solutions to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability while working both individually and on multi-disciplinary teams. Students will learn to apply techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools to deal with contemporary issues for the benefit of society. HPU Engineering students have high employability within the State of Hawaii, nationally, and abroad. As a profession, engineering has the highest median earning potential of all STEM occupations and continues to show an increase in job opportunities with resilience to recessions.

Graduates of the Engineering programs will:

  • Understand and apply a core of fundamental engineering, mathematical, and science-based operational skills to real-world problems and challenges with creativity, innovation, and professional responsibility.
  • Apply a problem-solving approach to actively and effectively engage in Engineering practice, or in the pursuit of other fields such as Mathematics, Science, Law, Medicine, Computer Science, or Business.
  • Actively seek professional positions of technical prowess and leadership within industry and the community.
  • Serve in the community as engineering ambassadors by conforming to the highest ethical and professional standards, continuing professional skill development, and actively participating in the training and development of their peers and those they are supervising.

Students majoring in Engineering will demonstrate:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science

  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

  • An ability to communicate effectively

  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning

  • A knowledge of contemporary issues

  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • $50 Application Fee
  • SAT I or ACT Scores (freshman only)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Resume

HOW LONG WILL THE PROGRAM TAKE TO COMPLETE?

  • The program is to be completed over four years of full-time study at HPU.

ARE THESE PROGRAMS ABET-ACCREDITED?

  • The programs are each seeking ABET accreditation. Accreditation submission is scheduled to align with the first graduate from the Engineering Program in 2022. All three programs have been designed to conform to ABET Accreditation Standards and criteria.

WHAT COURSES SHOULD I TAKE WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL TO PREPARE FOR ENGINEERING?

  • Although there are no pre-requisites required for entry into our engineering programs, we strongly recommend prospective students take AP-level Calculus and attain AP-level in at least one of the sciences: Physics, Chemistry or Biology (for Biotechnology). Computer Programming and/or Robotics experience is also beneficial, but not required.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DECIDE TO CHANGE INTO A DIFFERENT PROGRAM?

  • HPU's Engineering Programs have been designed so that the first year is relatively generic: students will gain a background in mathematics and the sciences in preparation for their specialization in their engineering program of choice in the second year. Additionally, during the first semester of the first year, students will take an introductory engineering course to help them discover what engineers do, how the profession works, and learn the fundamentals of the major engineering disciplines. If a student decides to change between engineering programs or even move into a different major such as Computer Science or Mathematics, this can be accommodated.

WHO WILL ADVISE ME DURING MY STUDIES?

  • At HPU, we have dedicated Academic Advisors to help students with their course selection and progression through the degree. In addition, the Engineering Program Coordinator and faculty are here to help in this process--and to ensure our students receive dedicated assistance and attention throughout their studies at HPU.
  • If you have any further questions please contact:
  • Dr. Catherine A. Ghourani (cghourani@hpu.edu)
    Engineering Program Coordinator
    Assistant Professor of Engineering
    Department of Computer Science and Engineering
    Hawai‘i Pacific University
    1060 Bishop Street (LB), 400 Suite (4th Floor)
    Honolulu, HI 96813

 

WHAT COURSES SHOULD I TAKE AT HIGH SCHOOL TO PREPARE FOR ENGINEERING?

Although there are no pre-requisites required for entry into any of the Engineering programs, it is strongly recommended to undertake AP level Calculus and AP level in one of the sciences: Physics, Chemistry or Biology (for Biotechnology).

It is also recommended to have some experience in Computer Programming and/or Robotics, but this is not a requirement.

3+2 Math+Engineering

Students wishing to undertake specializations in Engineering that are currently not on offer at HPU should consider the 3+2 Math+Engineering dual degree program. Students who undertake the 3+2 Dual Degree will graduate in 5 years with two fully accredited degrees from two separate institutions.