University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science

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University of Cincinnati
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Motto Juncta Juvant
(Latin for "Strength in Unity")
Type Public (state university)
Established 1819
Dean Teik Lim
Location Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
39°08′00″N 84°31′00″W / 39.133333°N 84.516667°W / 39.133333; -84.516667Coordinates: 39°08′00″N 84°31′00″W / 39.133333°N 84.516667°W / 39.133333; -84.516667
Campus Urban

The College of Engineering and Applied Science is the engineering and applied science college of the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the birthplace of the cooperative education (co-op) program and still holds the largest public mandatory cooperative education program at a public university in the United States. Today, it has a student population of around 3,500 undergraduate and 1,050 graduate students[1] and is recognized annually as one of the top 100 engineering colleges in the US, ranking 78th in 2011.[2]


College of Engineering[edit]

The creation of the College of Engineering first began with the appointment of a Professor of Civil Engineering in 1874 and the organization of a Department of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. Established as a college of the university in 1900, the College of Engineering's first dean was Harry Thomas Cory. In 1923 a six-year cooperative program was added in general engineering which led to dual degrees: a bachelor of engineering and a master of science. The college began offering courses in engineering through its own evening division in 1924 and by 1926 grew to include course work in applied arts. In the 1950s the college began to offer graduate instruction in every department. A joint project with the Engineer’s Council for Professional Development and local industry provided opportunities for engineers to pursue graduate degrees without leaving their jobs. In 1995, new class and research space was created with the opening of the Engineering Research Center, which was designed by architect and UC alum Michael Graves.

The Engineering Research Center, the third and newest building in the engineering complex.

The Bearcats

College of Applied Science[edit]

The College of Applied Science was an applied science college at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. Organized as the Ohio Mechanics Institute (OMI) in 1828, it merged with UC in 1969 and was renamed the OMI College of Applied Science in 1978.[3] Formally the school was referred to as the College of Applied Science, CAS offered programs in the engineering technologies and related areas.

The first cooperative education (co-op) program[edit]

By 1906, Dean Herman Schneider established the first cooperative education (co-op) program in the United States. The program was established to support Theory with Practice, the belief being that engineers who graduated with both classroom instruction and practical training would be better prepared and have a better foundation to be successful in the practice of engineering. The college allows students to choose either an industry or a research track co-op. The program continues to be the largest mandatory cooperative education program at a public university in the United States and is annually ranked as one of the top 5[4] programs in the country. Additionally, this program has proven so successful in preparing graduates for their careers that more than 1,000 schools offer forms of it today.


The College offers programs spread across six departments. Except for the Department of Engineering Education which focuses on the Freshman curriculum, all Departments offer PhD programs, Masters of Science, Masters of Engineering, and Bachelors Programs.

Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Fire Science

Department of Biomedical, Chemical, and Environmental Engineering

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science

Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management

  • Architectural Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Management

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems

  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering Technology

Department of Engineering Education

  • Freshman Engineering Programs
  • Research in Teaching and Learning
  • Course Development
  • Learning Center

Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Materials Engineering

ACCEND Program[edit]

The College of engineering and Applied Science also offers an ACCelerated ENgineering Degree[5] program where students can graduate in 5 years with a bachelor's and master's degree. Students work with their academic adviser during their first year to determine if this program is suitable for them. Several of the programs offer MBA degrees in conjunction with the Lindner College of Business. the program options are listed below:

Aerospace with Aerospace master's, Aerospace with MBA, Chemical with Chemical master's, Chemical with MBA, Chemical with Materials master's, Civil with MBA, Civil with Environmental master's, Energy & Materials with MBA, Mechanical with MBA, Electrical with Computer Eng master's, Electrical with Electrical master's, Mechanical with Mechanical master's

Research Centers & Institutes[edit]

  • NIH - Nanomedicine Development Center (NDC)
  • Center for Imaging Research
  • Center for Mobile and Distributed Computing
  • Center for Surgical Innovation
  • National Science Foundation Industry University Coopertive Research for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS)
  • Center for Micro/Nano Fabrication - Clean Room
  • Center for Robotics Research
  • National Science Foundation Multi-university Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Membrane Applied Science and Technology (MAST)
  • NIEHS Superfund Basic Research Program
  • Advanced Materials Characterization Center

Research Labs[edit]

Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

  • Multiscale Materials Characterization and Composite Structures Laboratory
  • Nondestructive Evaluation Laboratory
  • Turbomachinery Erosion and Performance Deterioration Laboratory
  • Ultrasonic Imaging Laboratory

Biomedical Engineering

  • Noyes Tissue Engineering and Biomechanics Laboratories
  • Ultrasound Research Laboratory
  • Vascular Tissue and Cellular Engineering Lab

Chemical and Materials Engineering

  • Adsorption and Ion Exchange Laboratory
  • Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Laboratories
  • Materials Design and Catalysts Group
  • Advanced Composites and Electronic Ceramics Laboratory
  • Superconducting Materials Processing and Characterization Laboratory
  • Silicon Based Materials Research Laboratory

Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Biofilm Research Laboratories
  • Science and Technology Enhancement Program (STEP)
  • Water Quality Biotechnology Program
  • Energy and Environmental Laboratory
  • Multi-scale Environmental Modeling Lab
  • University of Cincinnati Large Scale Test Facility (UCLSTF)
  • Sustainable Urban Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

  • Transport in Engineering and Medicine Laboratory
  • Computer-Aided Manufacturing Lab
  • Computer-Aided Engineering Research Laboratory
  • Structural Dynamics Research Laboratory
  • Intelligent CAM Systems Laboratory
  • Microscale Heat Transfer Lab
  • Micro and Nano Manufacturing Laboratory
  • NANOWORLD Smart Materials and Devices Laboratories
  • Vibro-Acoustics and Sound Quality Research Laboratory

Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science

  • Applied Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
  • Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision Laboratory
  • Microsystems Laboratory
  • Complex Adaptive Systems Laboratory
  • Digital Design Environments Laboratory
  • Distributed Processing Laboratory
  • Experimental Computing Laboratory
  • Intelligent Control Systems Laboratory
  • Laboratory for Integrated Networked Computing (LINC)
  • Microsystems and BioMEMS Laboratory
  • Microwave Communications Laboratory
  • Nanoelectronics Laboratory
  • Operating Systems and Computer Architecture Research
  • Optoelectronics Laboratory
  • Photonic Systems Development Laboratory
  • Solid State Physics & Electronic Materials Laboratory
  • Semiconductor Devices Laboratory
  • Systems Modeling & Information Technology Laboratory

Center Hill Research Center[edit]

Located at Center Hill Research Center, the Large Scale Test Facility (UCLSTF) is a state-of-art laboratory for testing of large-scale structural projects. The laboratory is served by a 30-ton overhead crane with a 5-ton auxiliary hook, and two 60-gallon per minute pumps. This facility is equipped with computerized controllers capable of controlling an array of sensors to allow testing of large to full-scale structural components and systems. The laboratory has a machine shop for fabrication of specimens, test fixtures, etc. and is equipped to allow testing of full-scale bridge girders and other linear elements up to 100' long, and full-scale buildings up to 2 stories high.[6]

UC Simulation Center[edit]

The UC Simulation Center is a collaboration between UC CEAS and Procter & Gamble. Its purpose is to support undergraduate students (coops) and graduate students in doing research for Procter & Gamble. The intent is to not only provide short-term lower-cost simulation to P&G, but also to provide a source of highly trained experts in simulation, making them desirable for employment by Procter & Gamble. The center is also built around the next generation of students, utilizing virtual collaboration to enable flexibility in the working hours for the students.[7]


The College of Engineering and Applied Science is regularly ranked as one of the top engineering schools in the country. In the 2011 U.S. News and World Report rankings, the college was ranked 78th in the U.S.[8]

2007 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index

  • Environmental Engineering, 6th in the U.S.
  • Biomedical Sciences, 9th in the U.S.

U.S. News and World Report

  • Computer Engineering, 77th in the U.S.
  • Computer Science, 112th in the U.S.
  • Electrical Engineering, 89th in the U.S.
  • Environmental Engineering, 20th in the U.S.
  • Aerospace Engineering, 31st in the U.S.
  • Industrial Engineering, 37th in the U.S.
  • Civil Engineering, 48th in the U.S.
  • Materials Engineering, 50th in the U.S.
  • Mechanical Engineering, 60th in the U.S.


Baldwin Hall Baldwin Hall was built in 1911 and is the headquarters for administration and academic classrooms. The building reopened in January 2002 after extensive renovations with computing laboratories, electronic classroom, and seminar rooms.[9]

Rhodes Hall Rhodes Hall was built adjacent to Baldwin Hall to accommodate the expansion that took place in the 1970s. The building provides faculty offices, undergraduate and graduate laboratories, and a 12,000 sq. ft. high bay area. In fall of 2011, construction will begin on the 10,000 sf CEAS Alumni Learning Center in Rhodes Hall which will include labs, research space, and areas for students, professors, and alumni to gather and collaborate.[9]

Engineering Research Center Opened in 1995, this facility houses state-of-the-art research laboratories and offices for graduate students and faculty. It is conveniently located adjacent to the existing engineering complex and was designed to look like a 4-cylinder engine.[9]

Old Chemistry Building Used for offices, classrooms, and laboratories. Many engineering departments, and UC colleges, share the space for research, administration, instruction, and program support.[9]


  1. ^ "CEAS Annual Report" (PDF). 
  2. ^ "CEAS Rankings". Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ OMI CAS 175th Anniversary
  4. ^ "CEAS Rankings". Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ "UC ACCEND Program". September 20, 2010. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Center Hill Campus". April 27, 2006. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "UC Facts, University of Cincinnati". September 20, 2010. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c d "On Campus". University of Cincinnati. September 20, 2010. Archived from the original on March 26, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2016. 

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