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Rensselaer Catalog 2013-2014 
Rensselaer Catalog 2013-2014 [Archived Catalog]

Engineering at Hartford

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Rensselaer at Hartford offers an engineering curriculum designed to accommodate the evolving needs of the practicing engineer.  Each curriculum helps students establish and build on a solid theoretical base while allowing them to practice their skills.  This blend of academic excellence and industrial experience creates a unique learning environment for engineering students at Rensselaer at Hartford. Degree programs are offered in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer and Systems Engineering, and Engineering Science together with Graduate Certificate Programs in Control Systems and High-Temperature Materials.

Engineering Degrees

Master of Engineering and Master of Science degrees are offered in selected engineering disciplines. The Master of Engineering degrees require completion of a three-credit project as a culminating experience while Master of Science degree candidates must carry out research leading to a six-credit thesis. Apart from that, the curricula for both degrees are identical. The Master of Engineering degree is designed to fulfill the needs of practicing engineers in industry while the Master of Science degree is for those focused on a research career. The following engineering degrees are awarded:

A candidate for the master’s degree in Hartford must complete an adviser-approved Plan of Study consisting of:

  • at least 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree with cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher.
  • at least 18 of the total credit hours presented toward the degree must have the suffix numbers 6000-6990 or 7000-7990.
  • at least 21 of the total credit hours presented towards the degree must be from courses taken within the discipline.

A student may transfer credits for two graduate-level (equivalent to 6000 or 7000 level in the Rensselaer at Hartford Catalog) courses (total of six credit hours) taken at an accredited graduate school with the grade(s) of B or better. The transfer/waiver process must be approved by the faculty adviser and the Assistant Dean for Academic Programs. Transfer courses must be relevant to the program of study being pursued by the student at Rensselaer.

Students must prepare their Plans of Study together with their adviser and have it reviewed and approved by the adviser and the Assistant Dean for Academic Programs before completion of their fourth course.  All the above requirements must be completed within three years of admission.

Culminating Experience (Engineering Project/Engineering Thesis)

The culminating experience is a requirement for the master’s degree as stipulated by the Board of Governors for Higher Education of the State of Connecticut.  It may be fulfilled by either of the following:

  • Completing a three-credit-hour master’s project along with 27 credit hours of appropriate course work thus leading to the Master of Engineering degree.
  • Completing a six-credit-hour master’s thesis along with 24 credit hours of appropriate course work thus leading to the Master of Science degree.


Mechanical Engineering

The Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degrees allow the student to increase his or her competence in a number of mechanical engineering subjects, or to specialize in depth in the areas of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mechanical design, solid mechanics, or thermodynamics.

Admission Requirements

1.       Students who have received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution, a GPA in the upper quartile, and some work experience in a high-technology environment.

2.       Students with a B.S. degree in another engineering discipline, mathematics, or physics may be admitted subject to fulfillment of the following background requirements.

Mechanical Engineering Background Requirements

  • Chemistry (one additional term)
  • Dynamics (one term)
  • Fluid Mechanics(one term)
  • Machine Design (one term)
  • Mechanisms (one term)
  • Statics (one term)
  • Strength of Materials (one term)
  • Heat Transfer (one term)
  • Thermodynamics (one term)

Students lacking any of the above courses must work closely with their adviser to devise a plan for corrective action.

Please contact Professor Ernesto Gutierrez-Miravete at gutie@rpi.edu if you have any questions about the Mechanical Engineering program.

Engineering Graduate Certificate Programs

For working professionals not seeking a complete master’s degree, Rensselaer at Hartford’s Graduate Certificate Programs are tailored to enhance or update skills in a shorter period of time.  They have a selective focus and require that a student successfully complete three or four graduate courses in a specific area of engineering. With an adviser’s approval, credits earned may be subsequently applied as electives toward a master’s degree.


Professors of Practice

Gutierrez-Miravete, E.Ph.D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); modeling and simulation metal processing; Assistant Dean for Academic Programs.

Mesiya, M.Ph.D. (Queen’s University); communications, networks.

Younessi, H.—Ph.D. (Swinburne University of Technology); systems engineering; Assistant Dean for Academic Programs.


Brown, R.M.S.E.E. (University of Illinois); networks, security.

Adjunct Faculty

Ahmed, A.—M.S., Ph.D. (BUET, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Worcester Polytechnic Institute).

Annigeri, B.—M.ME., Sc.D. (Illinois Institute of Technology; Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Bak, M.—M.S., Ph.D. (University of California, Berkley; University of Connecticut).

Bell, D.—M.S. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute).

Bengea, S.—Ph.D. (Purdue University).

Bortoff, S.—M.S., Ph.D. (Syracuse University; University of Illinois).

Brown, K.—M.S., Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). 

Cousins, W.—M.S., Ph.D. (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University).

Dennis, A.—Ph.D (University of Connecticut).

Donachie, M.—M.S., Ph.D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Gerlach, D.—M.S., Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana).

Ghosh, A.—Ph.D (University of Washington, Seattle).

Ghoshal, A.—M.S., Ph.D. (University of Connecticut).

Hasko, G.—M.M.E. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute).

Huffner, D.—M.S., Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; University of Connecticut).

Kling, C.—M.S., Ph.D. (University of Michigan).

Mahmoud, A.—M.Sc.,Ph.D. (University of Florida).

Marcin, J.—M.S. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute).

Moon, P.—Ph.D.E.E., M.Sc.E.E. (University of Manitoba).

Naik, R.—M.S., Ph.D. (University of Maine;Old Dominion University).

O’Gara, E.—M.E. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute).

Oggianu, S.—M.S., Ph.D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Quinn, J.—M.S. (Trinity College).

Ragini, A.—M.S., Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University).

Scholte, E.—Msc., Ph.D. (University of Twente, Enschede,The Netherlands; Cornell University).

Seetharaman, V.—M.Sc., Ph.D. (University of Bombay; Institute of Technology, Bombay).

Schemenski, R.—MBA (University of Connecticut).

Slimon, S.—M.S., Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; University of Connecticut).

Staroselsky, A.—Ph.D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Tew, D.—Ph.D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Torrani, S.—M.S. (Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn).

Vasko, T.—M.S., Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; University of Connecticut).

Wagner, C.—M.S.E.M. (Western New England College).

Wagner, T.—M.S., Ph.D. (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University).

Webster, C.—M.S., Ph.D. (University of Connecticut).

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