Students in an Electrical Engineering class. 2017.
With the launch of BFIT’s new Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program, the college is poised to meet the growing need for highly-skilled, quality engineers to revitalize the region's electric power industry and prepare us for a clean energy future. The Electrical Engineering degree will equip students with the skills to work in a wide range of fields including electric power, computers, robotics, and biomedical devices at local companies like Eversource, Raytheon, Textron, and National Grid, as well as many other local and national companies.
The Electrical Engineering program joins BFIT’s other STEM programming, which has seen record growth over the last five years. The program is the result of a unique collaboration between BFIT and Suffolk University. The curriculum was originally taught at Suffolk University for 20 years and developed by Walter Johnson—a Harvard educated physicist. Recently, the engineering faculty at Suffolk began working with BFIT to create a new home for the program.
BFIT is a great fit for the student-centered focus of the program. The college has a very supportive environment with wrap around services for students and affordable tuition.
- Lisa Shatz, PhD, Chair of Electrical Engineering Department
The program boasts strong industry support, partnerships with Boston-area high schools, and is valued by the local chapters of engineering professional societies. Lisa Shatz PhD, Chair of the program noted that, “BFIT is a great fit for the student-centered focus of the program. The college has a very supportive environment with wrap around services for students and affordable tuition. There’s also the opportunity for expansion into related fields such as biomedical and mechanical technologies.”
According to The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEEP) Power and Energy Society, the electric power industry is going through an enormous expansion and will look to replace as many as 50% of their engineers. The Electrical Engineering program will deliver hands on instruction to students in electrical engineering with a focus on electrical power and computer engineering, areas in high demand in the workforce.
The new Electrical Engineering Program will signal a list of firsts for BFIT. This will be the school’s first bachelors program that students will have to complete all the way through. Currently BFIT offers 2 + 2 programs in which students gain an associate degree first and then continue on for the bachelor's. It is the first collaboration of its kind between BFIT and Suffolk University. Finally, this is the college’s first engineering program. As an engineering program, it will delve deep into the mathematical and theoretical aspects of the discipline as well as the hands-on problem solving that is the hallmark of BFIT’s technology programs.
Although the Electrical Engineering program is charting a new course for the college, it is at the same time connecting the school to our roots and to our founder Benjamin Franklin, who was considered by many to be the first electrical engineer.
A very successful Power Engineering Day was held on May 10 to bring BFIT and Suffolk University faculty and students together with industry partners and high school students to explore electric power and the careers available in the field. The day was filled with interactive models and games, senior projects from current engineering students, and testimonials of electrical engineering alumni working in the industry.
Students, faculty, and industry partners alike are eagerly anticipating for the start of this new program. An industry partner noted, “BFIT is introducing this industry to local students who may not have considered it before. They have enough forward vision to see the amazing potential of this program.” Classes start September 2017.