The Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) option emphasizes design (synthesis) as an essential part of every engineer's capability and aim to prepare students for research and professional practice in an era of rapidly advancing interdisciplinary technology. The EAS option offers students the opportunity to study in a wide variety of areas of sciences and technology, including concentrations in computation and neural systems, and material science. In addition, the option offers students the possibility of designing a customized course of study that has breadth, depth, and rigor similar to the concentrations above. The goal of the option is to combine individual depth in a particular engineering specialty and a strong background in the basic and engineering sciences, with laboratory and design, culminating in a capstone design experience. It strives to develop professional independence, creativity, leadership, and the capacity for continuing professional and intellectual growth.
EAS Coursework at a Glance
E/ME/MedE 105 ab. Design for Freedom from Disability. This product design class focuses on people with disabilities and is done in collaboration with Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. Students visit the Center to define products based upon actual stated and observed needs. Designs and testing are done in collaboration with Rancho associates. Speakers include people with assistive needs, therapists and researchers. Classes teach normative design methodologies as adapted for this special area.
"It's humbling. I can't connect the science I do directly to patients, but I work with people who do. I'm just amazed at how physicians and scientists in the health world take basic science and apply it to help people."