ABOUT - RMU School of Engineering, Mathematics & Science
Welcome to the School of Engineering, Mathematics Science (SEMS). You are joining us at an exciting time, as we are coming up on a milestone—our 20th anniversary! It’s amazing to see how much has changed over the course of 20 years. We started our school in 1999 with only 22 engineering students; in 2003, we had our first graduating class of 15. As of 2016, we now have well over a thousand students in the school, and last May we had a graduating class of 160 students enrolled in more than 10 majors, minors, and certificate programs.
SEMS has so much to be proud of:
- We have one of the best freshmen/sophomore retention rates: 94%.
- We typically have 7-10 students (out of 15) accepted as Presidential Scholars who receive full tuition. They compete for this honor with almost 200 other students.
- Our degrees feature mandatory internships and research seminars, which results in 92% job placement within six months of graduation.
- We have Pennsylvania’s only ABET accredited bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering, and our manufacturing program is nationally recognized through the President Obama initiative on additive manufacturing.
- Our accredited Actuarial Science Program is one of only 16 schools nationwide to receive the Center of Actuarial Excellence by the Society of Actuaries.
- Our Undergraduate Engineering Program was recognized by U.S. News & World Report on their list of the nation’s Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs.
- Our Engineering Management Online Program was ranked #32 by SuperScholar in their list of the 50 Best Online Master’s in Engineering Management Programs (Higher than Drexel).
- Our B.S. in Environmental Science Program was rated in the top 50 in the nation by EnvironmentalScience.org (higher then UC-Davis).
One of the main reasons our graduates find good first jobs and establish successful careers in STEM disciplines is because of RMU’s engaged learning opportunities. Our students experience hands-on learning, collaborate with professors, participate in mandatory internships, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and present at conferences. It’s a professionally focused education that helps students launch rewarding careers and make meaningful contributions to the lives of others.
Many of our students choose to remain in western Pennsylvania after graduation. So it is no surprise that RMU has played a major role in shaping the region’s professional workforce. Today the university is well-positioned to help grow Pittsburgh’s nascent energy industry and spark a consequent revival in manufacturing.
Community involvement and educational outreach are significant components of our school’s mission. Our SEMS-Outreach programs give K-12 students access to our laboratories in engineering and science, including 3-D printing, 3-D scanning, and robotics, in order to expose them to STEM careers and build a pipeline of future engineers and scientists. We also strive for increased visibility for SEMS at local, state, and national STEM conferences through participation, exhibition, and presentations.
SEMS also focuses on the expansion of international opportunities, with faculty representing eight different countries: Bahrain, Nepal, India, Turkey, UK, South Korea, China, and Russia. We hosted a trip to Germany for the students in the Energy and Sustainability class, as well as a developmental exchange program between RMU and ENU in Scotland for both students and faculty. Additional connections have been built with universities in Northern Ireland and Slovakia, and we would like to expand these opportunities to countries in Africa, Asia, South America, and Australia.
As I said before, these are truly exciting times for SEMS. Over the past 20 years we have become a nationally and internationally recognized leader in STEM education, with a diverse workforce and student body, innovative facilities, quality academic programs, centers of excellence, and a strong alumni network. We’re so happy to have you join us!
Dean, School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science
University Professor of Biology & Founding Chair of Science Department