Solving 21st Century Engineering Problems

Computational engineering is a new and rapidly growing multidisciplinary field that applies advanced computational methods and analysis to engineering practice.

Computational engineers will have extensive education in fundamental engineering and science, and advanced knowledge of mathematics, algorithms and computer languages. Because of the breadth and depth covered in the curriculum, graduating computational engineers will be capable of pursuing careers in a variety of fields, including energy, manufacturing, aerospace, health care, microelectronics and more.

How is computational engineering different from computer science and computer engineering?

The computer engineer designs a new computer.
The computer scientist develops the operating system and networking software for the computer.
The computational engineer uses the computer and math algorithms to solve physics-based equations to make predictions and simulate scenarios.

Computer science explores the science and theory of how computers work, formulating algorithms and designing programming languages. Computer engineering takes the foundation of electrical engineering and applies it specifically to computers, focusing on the design of hardware and software components. Computational engineering uses computers to solve engineering design problems important to a variety of industries.

Career Possibilities

  • Aircraft design
  • Trajectory calculation of satellites
  • Battlefield simulation and military gaming
  • Computational neurological modeling
  • Chemical pollution transport
  • Transportation and vehicle modeling
  • Computational electromagnetics
  • Energy infrastructure
  • Weather prediction and climate research
  • Molecular mechanics simulation
  • Risk management and derivative pricing
  • Nuclear blast modeling
  • Oil and gas exploration
  • Particle physics and calculation of particle interaction

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