Cooperative Graduate Education
The P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science permits graduate students to spend part of their research experience in industry, business, or a government agency. In general, the external research experience should be complementary to their graduate studies at Lehigh University and can count towards their degree program through ENGR 400 (Engineering Co-op for Graduate Students) and through thesis/dissertation credits (see below).
Subject to university/federal regulations, when enrolled in courses at Lehigh University, a student can work for a maximum of 20 hours at the company/laboratory (co-op partner). If not enrolled in courses other than ENGR 400 and for thesis (490) or dissertation (499) credits, a student will be permitted to work full time at the co-op partner. Full time employment over the summer will also be permitted. Maintenance of full-time status, however, requires that during the semester students must be registered for the minimum number of credit hours as listed in R&P.
MS/MEng Co-op programs
ENGR 400 can be taken for a maximum of 6 credits, with at most 3 credits in any registration period.
A further 6 credits for thesis/project/independent study can be part of the industrial experience.
Minimum of 18 course credit hours, excluding ENGR 400 and Thesis (490) must be obtained through Lehigh University
Beyond the master’s program, ENGR 400 can be taken for a maximum of 9 credits, with at most 3 credits in any registration period.
In addition to ENGR 400 credits, a maximum of 9 dissertation credits ( 499) can also be obtained as part of the co-op experience.
ENGR 400. Engineering Co-op for Graduate Students (3)
Supervised cooperative work assignment to obtain practical experience in field of study. Requires consent of department chairperson. When on a cooperative assignment, the student must register for this course to maintain continuous student status. Limit to at most three credits per registration period. No more than six credits can be applied towards a master’s degree and no more than an additional nine credits towards a Ph.D. The credits must be taken P/F.
ENGR 452. (CHE 461, ME 442) Mathematical Methods in Engineering (3) fall
Analytical techniques are developed for the solution of engineering problems described by algebraic systems, and by ordinary and partial differential equations. Topics covered include: linear vector spaces; eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and eigenfunctions. First and higher-order linear differential equations with initial and boundary conditions; Sturm-Louiville problems; Green’s functions. Special functions; Bessel, etc. Qualitative and quantitative methods for nonlinear ordinary differential equations; phase plane. Solutions of classical partial differential equations from the physical sciences; transform techniques; method of characteristics.
ENGR 475. Research (1)
Projects conducted under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Includes analytical, computational or experimental work, literature searches, assigned readings. Regular meetings with the advisor to consider progress made and future direction are required. The course is open only to graduate students and may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and departmental approval.