Undergraduate Certificate in Global Engineering

“Global diversity is staring us in the face. The more global our company becomes, the more critical our cross-cultural awareness, skills, and behaviors are. If you succeed at educating students to operate in globally diverse environments, we succeed too.”
— Alma Vigo-Morales, Agilent Technologies

The engineering profession has become one in which its practitioners need to be competent in developing systemic solutions with global impact. So whether your career aspirations involve small projects in developing communities, or mega-projects like the expansion of the Panama Canal or developing the next generation aircraft for civil aviation, it's likely that you will be working in a multidisciplinary and international context.

Purpose of the Certificate
The purpose of the new Undergraduate Certificate in Global Engineering is to expand students' understanding of how to operate in an international context from an engineering perspective. This translates to the capacity to work in either an international team from within an office located domestically or internationally. These work environments necessitate that students understand multinational contexts as well as local office and nongovernmental agency contexts.

Admission Requirements
To enroll in the Undergraduate Certificate in Global Engineering Certificate, students must:

Curriculum Requirements
The Undergraduate Certificate in Global Engineering includes:

  • one course in world language (at the third- or fourth-semester college level, minimum, depending on the student's prior language coursework/ability);
  • one course in economics (ECON 2020, ECON 3403, ECON 3535, or ECON 3784);
  • one lower division course and one upper division course in international culture, sociology, or governance (LDSP 1000, IAFS 1000, or PSCI 2223, and either GEOG 3682, GEOG 3742, or PSCI 3193); and
  • one upper division technical elective course focused on global engineering.

In addition, certificate students must complete all requirements for their respective engineering majors.

Students are responsible for identifying and completing course prerequisites prior to enrolling in courses listed to meet certificate requirements.

Upon Completion
A certificate advising form should be completed and signed by the student and the student's engineering major advisor. The form must be turned into the Director of Global Engineering Programs in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at least one month prior to graduation.

Optional Global Engineering Residential Academic Program (RAP)
Beginning in fall 2013, a residential living-learning experience in Kittredge Central Residence Hall will immerse engineering students who are interested in global engineering alongside others with similar interests.  The RAP will provide an environment where intensive language, culture, and global project courses can be taken to enhance the global experience.  Additionally, the Faculty-in-Residence (live-in program director) will significantly enhance the learning opportunities for students through her experience living outside the US, multi-lingual fluency, and familiarity with global cultures.  The RAP will provide an optional entry point to the global engineering certificate.  Students who enroll in the Undergraduate Certificate in Global Engineering but live outside the Global Engineering RAP will be encouraged to participate in activities alongside the RAP students as appropriate.

For additional information, please contact:

Diane Sieber, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Education, College of Engineering and Applied Science;
Faculty Director, Global Engineering Program; and
Faculty-in-Residence, Global Engineering RAP

Robyn Sandekian, M.S., Ed.S., Ph.D. student
Managing Director, Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities;
Program Manager, Undergraduate Certificate in Global Engineering, and
Graduate Certificate in Engineering for Developing Communities