The CECS Experiential Honors Program inspires the intellectual and leadership growth of students beyond academics. The program equips students with knowledge and skills that enhance their leadership and their preparedness to meet the challenges of their future engineering careers.
The Experiential Honors Program has two groups of elements: An Academic Element and Experiential and Leadership Elements. The Academic Element provides knowledge on design innovation and entrepreneurship. The Experiential and Leadership Elements focus on implementing academic knowledge in professional experience, engineering design, and/or engineering research.
Students will earn recognition for each element of the program by enrolling in a faculty supervised Experiential Honors course associated with the program element. Those who complete 1) the Academic Elements, 2) a faculty supervised internship (ENGR 399), 3) an Experiential Honors Research project, and 4) an Experiential Honors Design project, will receive an Experiential Honors notation on their transcripts upon graduation. It is worth noting that all program requirements can be completed within the academic requirements of the student’s degree program.
Elements of the Program
Complete at least one of the following courses (3 to 4 credit hours) that may also count as electives in your academic program:
- ENGR 360 (4 cr. hrs.): Design Innovation: Process, Method and Practice
- ENT 400 (3 cr. hrs.): Introduction to Entrepreneurship
- ENGR 400 (3 cr. hrs.): Applied Business Techniques for Engineers
Students are expected to enroll in a minimum of one credit hour (ENGR 399, ENGR 492 or ENGR 493) for each semester of active participation of the program. These count toward fulfilling the professional elective requirements of the student’s academic degree.
- Completion of a semester-long faculty supervised professional experience (ENGR 399, 1 cr. hr.)
- Complete 3 credit hours (1 cr. hr. per semester) in one or both of the following courses:
- Experiential Honors Directed Research Project (ENGR 492, 1 to 3 cr. hrs.)
- Complete Experiential Honors Directed Design Project (ENGR 493, 1 to 3 cr. hrs.) for performing hardware or software design for one of the CECS student club teams (e.g. SAE, MASA, etc.). Credit for ENGR 493 can also be earned for completing an industry/community/NGO/...sponsored "honors" design project*.
*The “Honors” Design Project is completed under the guidance of an “expert” who will challenge you to recognize and address global, economic, environmental, and societal impacts and implications of your proposed solution. An acceptable “honors” project is expected to require at least 50 clock hours of additional work during the semester in which the project is completed.
The project approval process involves:
- Identifying a topic of interest
- Identifying a faculty advisor to guide the project (if the topic is outside the expertise of your Experiential Honors Advisor).
- Presenting the outcome of your project at the end of the semester in which the course is taken.
- Submitting a project report that includes a reflection on the project and the lessons learned.
The honors design project may be an expansion of the scope of a senior design project. The credit hours for each activity is determined by the Faculty Advisor based on the effort required to complete the activity.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The program is open to all students at CECS who are in good academic standing and who are interested in extending their educational experience beyond the classroom. The program is open to freshmen and transfer students who have completed at least one semester of study on campus.
Students can join the program by completing an application form indicating their goals, their commitment to achieving these goals and their vision for incorporating the goals into their education. The program is open to all students and has no GPA requirement; however, to receive recognition, the students must accomplish the program elements and spend at least 4 full semesters of active participation.
- Work on experiential projects that bridge the gap between engineering education and practice.
- Develop leadership skills.
- Receive recognition on your transcripts for participating in the program.