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Program information

College: The Polytechnic School
Academic Unit: Engineering (EGR)
Campus: Polytechnic


In addition to the requirements specified by the Barrett Honors College, the Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering programs at The Polytechnic School in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering offer honors students several opportunities for honors credit and thesis research. The engineering program in the Polytechnic School is where project-based courses are the norm and innovation and an entrepreneurial focus is crucial to success. Our diverse faculty at poly study topics ranging from Systems Engineering, Automotive Systems, Mechanical Systems, Electrical Systems, Engineering Education, Global Design, Manufacturing, and Robotics, to name a few.

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What qualifies?

Most courses in EGR are offered for honors credit through the honors enrichment contract. Students wishing to receive honors credit should confer with the course instructor at the beginning of the semester in order to develop a mutually acceptable plan for the honors contract activity. Most honors contracts involve either a project that extends the ideas and techniques covered in the course or outside research on topics relevant to the course work. Students have the responsibility to apply for the honors contract through the Barrett Honors College. The Honors College contacts the instructor to approve the contract only after the student has initiated the process. Some courses have honors sections. Honors credit should be conducted in conjunction with an active faculty member, and the faculty member should be qualified to evaluate your performance in your selected project.


Recent Honors Theses Topics:

Academic Preparation

Depending on the topic, students may be expected to have completed upper-level courses in the topic as guided by their thesis director. This is often an organic process, as good thesis topics typically arise from collaborations within class projects. For example, after taking a junior-level design project course, a student may wish to expand on their in-class project by studying their design more in-depth.

Recommended Timeline

Typically students reach out to professors in the Spring before graduation and submit their prospectus over the Summer.

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Other Honors Oopportunities

Honors contracts are created on a case-by-case basis; you should reach out to a faculty member you are interested in working with more to develop a plan for your contract. Some successful examples include:

Faculty & Research Interests

Students looking for engineering and manufacturing engineering program faculty members to supervise their honors theses can review the following list.

Daniel AukesRobotics, Design, Manufacturing and Simulation, Origami-inspired folding devices, Compliant Systems, and Dynamics
Bruno AzeredoAdvanced Manufacturing
Jennifer Bekkimodeling/analysis of manufacturing systems, discrete event simulation, engineering student persistence, educational data mining/learner analytics, online learners
Dhruv BhateAdditive manufacturing, cellular materials, bio-inspired design
Samantha Brunhavercareer pathways, career decision-making, engineering persistence, professional practice, school-to-work transitions, risk-taking and innovation, user-centered design, pedagogy, engineering mechanics.
Adam Carberryimpact of student characteristics and pedagogical approaches on student beliefs and learning in engineering education
Yan Chendesign, modeling, estimation, control and optimization of dynamic systems, especially for (electric/hybrid) vehicle systems, connected and automated vehicles, autonomous vehicles, multi-agent systems, over-actuated mechanical/electrical systems
Brooke Coleyengineering education, mental health and social justice, virtual reality as a tool for developing empathetic and inclusive mindsets, hidden populations in engineering education, innovation for more inclusive pedagogies
James Contesreducing aerodynamic and rolling resistance forces, improving fuel economy and vehicle efficiency
Scott Danielsonengineering mechanics, engineering education, manufacturing, Vietnam’s higher education system and programs
Jerry Gintzprogrammable automation control systems, distributed control systems, advanced motion control, advanced manufacturing techniques
Laura Hosmaninformation & communications technology, international development, innovation and entrepreneurship, quality of life, public policy, natural resources / environment, renewable energy/solar energy
Kiril Hristovskinanomaterial synthesis & environmental applications and implications, development/ engineering/management of environmental systems for developing countries
Nathan JohnsonRenewable energy, critical infrastructure, microgrids, cyber-physical security, military applications, global development, training and workforce development
Shawn JordanEngineering education, STEM/STEAM, K-12, culturally-relevant pedagogy, storytelling, making and makerspaces, hackathons, design
AM KannanPEMFC, DMFC & AFC fuel cells, SLA & Li-ion batteries, DSSC & CSP, Solar
Darshan Karwatclimate, energy, social justice
Nadia Kellamengineering education research, narrative research, emotions in student learning, stories, systems thinking, design thinking, arts in engineering, STEAM
Chen-Yuan Kuocontrol, system dynamics & computer simulations
Sharon Lewissimulation, operations research, manufacturing
Abdel Mayyasadvanced automotive power train systems integration and control, hybrid electric vehicle thermal management design, light weight vehicle design
Pavlos Mikellidesspace vehicle propulsion systems
Thad Millerenvironmental ethics, science and technology, science policy, socioecology, transdisciplinary research, sustainability education
Darryl Morrellengineering pedagogy, engineering program development, stochastic decision theory, machine learning, handwriting understanding in historical documents
Changho Namdevelopment of nonlinear reduced order aerodynamic/aeroelastic models using a new RMI/ERA
John Rajadasfluids, thermal sciences
Sangram Redkarnonlinear dynamics & control, interial navigation & tracking
Brad RogersHumanitarian engineering, conventional & alternative energy conversion systems, biofuel systems, heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics
Kenan SongPolymer Science, Composite Engineering, 3D printing, Sensors and Actuators, Material Mechanics
Thomas Sugarwearable robotic systems: prostheses, orthoses, exoskeletons, walking & running gait
Wenlong ZhangWearable robotic systems, flexible robotics, human-robot interactions, networked and multi-agent systems, control systems and artificial intelligence

Guidelines for a Successful Honors Theses

The following provides general guidelines. Please check with the Barrett Honors College guidelines for updated information.