|Resources & Orgranization|
- Directors and Oversight Committee. The program has two faculty directors, one on each campus, each reporting to their own Dean. A faculty Oversight Committee, includes the directors of undergraduate studies in the participating departments in both schools, the Oversight Committee and the Directors are responsible for the program's academic content and the academic standards of its students. Richard B. Cole, Professor of Mechanical Engineering is the Stevens Director; Professor Henry Brenner of NYU's Chemistry department is the NYU Director.
- Advising. The advising of students, which begins at summer orientation, occurs during their first three years primarily in the NYU College Advising Center. At present, two full-time staff advisers (Joseph Hemmes and Aara Kupris Menzi) and a part-time graduate student are assigned to work with students in the program; they assure that students have ready access to academic advising and other support services. The Advising Center also facilitates a variety of co-curricular and extracurricular activities that enhance the sense of community among the engineering students. One of these is the Society of Engineering Students, which is managed by student officers and which sponsors academic and social events, along with a peer advising and mentoring program. In addition to such College staff advising, students also regularly obtain more specialized advisement in the department of their College major.
In the final two years, at Stevens, the advising is primarily the responsibility of an undergraduate program faculty advisor in the academic department of the students' engineering discipline. Students are required to meet with this advisor to develop a study plan and to have course-enrollment forms signed. The advisor is kept informed of the academic progress of his/her advisees and is expected to provide appropriate follow up. The department advisor is the also the nominal resource that a student would first turn to for other advising. The office of the Dean of Undergraduate Academics also provides help for primarily academic matters, including arranging for free tutors or group help sessions.
- Pre-Professional Programs
Opportunities exist for students to engage in pre-professional activities to allow them to better understand and experience potential career options and to gain experience that can enhance their attractiveness to employers. Such experience also has a very positive impact in helping students recognize the relevance of their studies and in inculcating a more mature and professional demeanor.
At NYU, students can take advantage of the opportunity to obtain technical summer internships through the Office of Career Services. Based on the results of a recent survey of graduates, approximately half of the graduates of the Dual-Degree program had some technically related job experience while at NYU with half of these using Career Services to get summer jobs. Some students take part in research in collaboration with faculty, both in the summer and during the academic year.
Stevens maintains a successful program of Cooperative Education in which students alternate periods of employment with their academic program prior to senior year. The program very often leads to offers of professional employment upon graduation for its participants. Some Dual-Degree students have participated in one or two Coop assignments even though this has meant extending their already long undergraduate program beyond five years. One abbreviated version allows one internship and completion in four years.
The senior design project required at Stevens is also an opportunity to gain valuable pre-professional experience working on a project sponsored by industry. This allows for interaction with company personnel, the opportunity to work on an industrially meaningful topic and fosters professionalism in the students in that they are interacting with potential employers and presenting their results to the industrial sponsors. Stevens has been aggressively expanding this sponsorship program because of the benefits just described. The goal is to have most students undertake sponsored senior design projects.
Dr. Richard Cole
Edwin A. Stevens Hall
Stevens' Academic Catalog
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