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Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the Academic Catalog

Mark Coen, Associate Registrar
617-989-4213
coenm@wit.edu

Office of the Registrar
Williston Hall 103
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Boston, MA 02115

Academic Services and Facilities

DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
Help Desk, Beatty Hall, Room 320, 617-989-4500

The Division of Technology Services (DTS) maintains Wentworth's campus-based computing and learning technology resources and enterprise applications and systems. These resources include a variety of labs which are open to the entire Wentworth community. All students are encouraged to make use of these facilities regardless of their major or course of study in accordance with the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) located in the Student Handbook. Detailed information on the AUP, computing and learning technology resources, can also be found at the DTS Help Desk website - www.wit.edu/dts.

The Wentworth Campus Network is based on a high-speed Gigabit-Ethernet optical fiber backbone which means that all the buildings on campus are connected via optical fiber operating at Gigabit speed. All physical connection ports support 10 and 100 Megabit per second (Mbps), and Gigabit Mbps fully-switched Ethernet. Direct access to the Campus Network is available throughout the entire campus, including administrative offices, academic departments, student residences, classrooms, and labs. Most of the campus is accessible via wireless connectivity with additional coverage areas being added and updated on a regular basis. Members of the Wentworth community stay in touch through Leopard Connection (LConnect), a full-service online portal application. LConnect is both a gateway to additional information and campus resources and is also a destination site where users can maintain and organize information, news, e-mail, announcements, event updates, participation in virtual groups, and many other functions.

The Beatty Hall Open Lab, located on the third floor, offers both Macintosh and PC computers for students’ use. The Open Lab is complete with printers, plotters, and supplies necessary to create high quality class assignments and projects. This lab is open and staffed every day (except for holidays). The hours of operation are posted outside the lab and at www.wit.edu/dts. To contact DTS or the Beatty Hall Lab, please call the Help Desk, extension 4500 (on campus) or 617-989-4500, Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or send an e-mail to helpdesk@wit.edu.

Wentworth’s laptop program provides all students and faculty members with laptop computers installed with high-end software customized to meet both the academic requirements and industry demands for their specific major. Architecture and Design & Facilities students are provided with Mac Book Pro laptops. Students in other academic programs (Applied Math and Science; Civil, Construction, and Environment; Computer Science and Systems; Electronics and Mechanical; and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Management) are provided with Lenovo laptops. To ensure that the students have the most updated computers and software, the laptops are refreshed in their junior year. Seniors keep their laptop upon graduation.

THE DAVIS CENTER FOR ADVANCED GRAPHICS & INTERACTIVE LEARNING
Monique Fuchs, AVP Academic Technology Annex Central, Room 207, 617-989-4276

A faculty development and instructional design laboratory is housed in the Davis Center. The Center features computer workstations and connectivity for faculty laptops fully integrated into the campus-wide network. In addition, the laboratory features state-of-the-art capabilities including electronic imaging, digital video editing and production, DVD authoring, and sound editing capabilities. With supplementary equipment such as color scanners, VCRs, DVD recorders and players, and high quality color printers and plotters, the Davis Center is a true multimedia- learning environment. Available for every kind of use from computer graphics and multimedia presentations to traditional word processing and business applications, the Center provides faculty and staff with a well-equipped computer facility.

The Center is also the home of the DTS Training & Development unit, which provides training and consultations in the integration of learning technologies, course management tools and new media into course curricula and academic programs. For workshop schedules, please see www.wit.edu/td/schedule.

CENTER FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING
Karen Britton, Director Beatty Hall, Room 402, 617-989-4472

The mission of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is to assist all Wentworth students in the areas of math, science, technical courses specific to majors, and writing. The CTL is a supportive and safe learning environment for students looking to improve or maintain their academic standing. In this student-based learning environment, students can receive individual help with their studies, meet and work in study groups, or go online to find resources to assist them in meeting their goals for academic success. The CTL provides academic assistance free of charge to any Wentworth student. The Center is staffed with Peer Tutors, who assist students with mathematics, science, and major subjects, faculty from various departments who assist with mathematics and technical courses, and Writing Tutors who assist students with questions about writing papers, conducting research, preparing outlines, or brainstorming ideas. Although it is recommended that students make tutoring appointments via the CTL web site on the Academic Resources tab of LConnect, walk-ins are accommodated if possible. In addition to tutorials, the CTL offers various workshops, including ESL Conversation, Graduate School, and Reading Assistance.

A second mission of the Center is to provide resources and support to faculty for teaching and professional development, consisting of workshops, lectures, events and providing references related to teaching and scholarship. The Center works with the Office of the VPAA and Provost and various faculty committees to achieve these goals.

The CTL, located in Beatty 402, is normally open Monday through Friday, with day and evening hours that vary each semester. Specific hours and a complete list of services can be accessed through the CTL website at www.wit.edu/academic/resource or by checking the schedule posted outside the CTL. For additional information, contact the Director at 617-989-4472.

ALUMNI LIBRARY
Walter T. Punch, Director Beatty Hall - 2nd Floor, 617-989-4040

The Wentworth Alumni Library provides a professionally selected collection of mat- erials to meet the informational and educational needs of the Wentworth community, with an emphasis on engineering, technology, architecture, design, computer science, and management. Information is offered via books, periodicals, digital collections, e-books, and audiovisual media.

The Library’s holdings include:

  • 74,000 volumes
  • 23,000 e-journals from more than 70 Web-based databases
  • 45,000 e-books
  • 2,200 audiovisual materials (chiefly DVDs)
  • more than 400 current print periodical subscriptions

All electronic resources (the majority of which are full-text) are available around the clock on-and off-campus through the Alumni Library website at www.wit.edu/library. The Library offers wireless access to its web-based research databases.

The Library offers introductory information literacy programs that are conducted through various classes. In addition, more advanced sessions are available for specific projects, assignments, and themes. Research classes are structured around the needs and wants of the participants. Also, open sessions are offered to all members of the Wentworth community for both general and specific research assistance.

The Alumni Library is located on the 2nd and Mezzanine floors of Beatty Hall. Normal hours are 7:45 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fridays, 7:45 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Saturdays, and 1:00-9:00 p.m. Sundays and most holidays. Each semester the library hours are extended for the week prior to, and during finals week.

The Alumni Library is a member of the Fenway Library Consortium. Through this membership, the Wentworth community has access to well over three million volumes and other electronic and digital resources. Presentation of a valid Wentworth ID is all that is needed to use or borrow books at Emerson, Emmanuel, Hebrew, Simmons, and Wheelock, Lesley University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Museum of Fine Arts, New England Conservatory of Music, Roxbury Community College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Suffolk University, University of Massachusetts at Boston, and Brookline Public Library.

The collections in the above-underlined libraries, members of Fenway Libraries Online, are available through the online catalog that may be accessed at www.wit.edu/library. Access to Brookline Public Library and Simmons is made possible through the Internet as is access to the full range of Massachusetts libraries and databases. The Library also participates in the statewide virtual library catalog.

For additional information, call the Library at extension 3040 or visit the website at www.wit.edu/library.

LABORATORY FACILITIES

Wentworth is proud of its laboratories, which are equipped with the tools, apparatus, instrumentation, and machinery to provide students with instruction in the testing, operation, installation, or maintenance of industrial equipment. Detailed descriptions of some of Wentworth’s laboratories can be found on the following pages.

Annex - Central Building

Concrete Laboratory The major pieces of equipment include the sieve shakers, sample splitters, curing tank, drying ovens, and compression machine. Students learn the fundamentals of concrete mix design and testing in this lab. Tests are run on aggregates as well as on the freshly made and hardened concrete. Students can measure the effect that different aggregate gradations, varying amounts of water, and the use of admixtures have on a concrete mix.

Fluids and Hydraulics Laboratory Equipment in this laboratory is used to demonstrate the basic principles of hydraulics and fluid flow in both open channels and closed conduits. Students learn the concepts of buoyancy, velocity of flow, energy losses in bends and restrictions, sediment transport, and pump efficiency. Each of the large benches has a reservoir and a pump to circulate water. Individual experiments can be hooked up to these, allowing students to have separate workstations. Of particular note are the two five-meter flumes.

Geotechnical Laboratory The major pieces of equipment in this laboratory include a triaxial machine, two direct shear machines, two unconfined compression machines, four consolidometers, a data collector, and sieve shaker. Tests on field-obtained soil samples can be performed to characterize and classify soil and to determine the strength, settlement, and drainage characteristics of soil deposits, information which is essential to the design of shallow and deep foundations, embankments, retaining walls, and base courses for highways.

Annex - North

Architecture Design Studios The Department of Architecture’s design studios comprise two full floors of the Annex North. Large loft-like spaces with natural light, and views provide dedicated work space for each student, as well as critique rooms for group reviews.

GC/AA Lab This lab houses an atomic absorption spectrometer with data acquisition unit and a gas chromatograph with mass selective detector.

Survey Locker This locker houses an impressive collection of state-of-the-art equipment for making linear and angular measurements as well as locating points with a high degree of accuracy. Included are ten automatic levels, ten theodolites, five total stations with internal data collectors, one electronic digital level, one laser level, and two global positioning systems with multiple receivers. Students in the civil, construction, and environmental programs are introduced to the theory of measurement in lecture and gain practical experience by using the instruments in lab. Surveying is done on and around the campus.

Water and Wastewater Unit Operations Laboratory This laboratory houses a variety of typical laboratory analytical equipment and assorted glassware. Of interest in this lab are two 200-gallon wastewater pilot test tanks, a reverse osmosis water treatment system, three incubators for B.O.D. testing and incubating biological samples, a water distillation column, and six bench microscopes.

Annex - South and East

Industrial and Interior Design Studios Starting in the second year of the programs, the Department of Design & Facilities allocates dedicated studio space for each student. Studios provide space for classes and individual work during evening and weekend hours. The Interior Design Studio also includes critique and resource areas. The Industrial Design Studio is adjacent to the wood, metal, and plastics model shop, and includes a walk-in spray booth and photography area.

Model Shop Shared by members of the industrial design and interior design programs, the Model Shop houses wood and metal working machinery, as well as power and hand tools for working with a variety of media including wood, foam, plastics, and metal. Led by full-time technical coordinators, the shop is available to The Department of Design & Facilities students who have passed a practical safety test. A walk-in spray booth is located adjacent to the shop for spraying paint and other finishing materials. Students have use of the facility during studio and on scheduled evening and weekend hours.

Construction Management Project Laboratory The construction management lab provides students with place to apply the technical skills of a construction project from concept to completion. Some of the skills that are developed here include resource management, time, cost, and quality with an emphasis on team building. During a student’s collaboration here they will complete projects using such proficiencies as budget, scheduling, estimating, engineering fundamentals, and analytical and communication skills.

Dobbs Hall

Computer Hardware Laboratory This hybrid student work area for hardware and software development was designed for the study of digital hardware, including microprocessors, microcontrollers, digital signal processing technology, and very large scale integration chips. There are 24 computers in this laboratory. There are 12 computers in this laboratory which are linked together by a general-purpose interface-bus to their own set of digital test equipment.

Engineering Center The Engineering Center allows the engineering students to develop their design ideas; perform Library and Internet searches; test and evaluate hardware and software; create an engineering prototype for demonstration; write proposals and reports; and meet with colleagues and faculty about their designs. Located on the first floor of Dobbs Hall, the Engineering Center houses the: Design and Simulation Laboratory; Engineering Prototype and Projects Laboratory; Library and Resource area for engineering students; Materials Science Laboratory; and Engineering faculty offices.

Design and Simulation (Mathematical Modeling) Laboratory Engineering students doing design, analysis, and simulation use this laboratory space, containing four workstations arranged for team projects. A partial list of the software available in the laboratory includes Microsoft Professional Office, MATLAB with most of MATLAB’s toolboxes, AutoCAD, Working Model, Solid Works, Cosmosworks, and a finite element software package (COMSOL), Agilent’s VEE, and LabView.

Engineering Prototype and Projects Laboratory This laboratory provides students with an area to build and test their prototypes. Internet access is available as well as standard electronic bench equipment (oscilloscope, digital multimeter, function generator, and power supply). Workbenches and equipment are available for component assembly and packaging, soldering, and mechanical assembly.

Materials Science Laboratory The Materials Science Laboratory is equipped with all of the necessary equipment to introduce students to the concepts and fundamentals of materials. Metallographic samples are prepared with the help of diamond cut-off saws and electro-hydraulic automatic mounting presses. Microstructural analysis can be performed on one of several inverted microscopes equipped with digital imaging hardware. High temperature, industrial box furnaces, and cold-rolling equipment are used to demonstrate the relationship of manufacturing processes and resulting material properties. Other topics of experimentation include electrochemical corrosion and polymer-matrix composite materials.

Electronics Laboratory The Electronics Laboratory is a core work area for all electronics and computer engineering technology students. Twenty computers, each linked by a general purpose interface bus to its own set of test equipment, enable students to perform computer-aided tests, circuit analysis and simulation tasks, and to solve data acquisition and process control problems. Each computer is loaded with an array of current software packages and is connected for e-mail and Internet access.

Strength of Materials Laboratory The Strength of Materials Laboratory houses electrodynamic and hydraulic testing equipment which allows students to investigate important material properties such as tensile strength, shear stress, and elasticity. Other major apparatus featured in this lab include a fatigue tester, a beam deflection station, a rotating beam device, an impact tester, a temperature creep tester, and electronic strain gages. Students also analyze various structures and profile the results using graphics software.

Ira Allen Building

Physics Laboratories The Physics Laboratories are equipped to support introductory experiments in mech-anics, fluids, sound, electric and magnetic fields, and optics. Additional apparatus available to support more advanced experiments includes various electron tubes, precision interferometers, spectrometers, acoustic devices, HeNe, and tunable lasers, a complete X-ray system, and a fully automated weather station. Computers are available in the lab for interfacing with equipment.

Kingman Hall

Fluid Mechanics Laboratory This laboratory contains an array of fluid testing and propulsion equipment such as a subsonic wind tunnel, a variable-frequency drive pumping station, a supersonic/compressible flow system, a friction pressure drop piping system for circulating water, a Saybolt Universal Viscosimeter, and a velocity profile/pitot tube apparatus.

HVAC Laboratory The HVAC laboratory enables mechanical engineering technology and electromechanical engineering students to learn moist air properties and air-conditioning processes, and also investigate different HVAC systems and refrigeration cycles. This lab houses several basic vapor compression refrigeration systems and an industrial type vapor-compression system with double evaporator and water cooled condenser. It is also equipped with a basic air-conditioning system experiments to study Psychometric processes.

The Heat Transfer Laboratory The Heat Transfer lab enables students to study principles of heat conduction, convection, and radiation. It includes an axial and a radial conduction experiments, a shell and tubes and a plate heat exchanger. There are also equipments and sensors that allow students to investigate transient heat transfer and lumped system analysis, radiation prosperities, heat sink, and heat pipes.

Alternate Fuels Laboratory This laboratory space is dedicated for multi-purpose student-based innovative projects. Machining equipment, welding facilities, and a variety of tools are available in this area to promote student-based innovative projects.

Rubenstein Hall

Automation Laboratory Located in the Richard H. Lufkin Technology Center, the Automation Laboratory is a center for advanced manufacturing, providing students with state-of-the-art training in CAD/CAM, robotics, and computer numeric control (CNC). This lab houses several pick-and-place robots with 5-axis capability and 2CNC millers with a multiple tool changer and a numerical control router and a 2corp 3D printer. Students design and produce various prototypes and projects, applying their knowledge of computer-aided design and CNC programming language.

Thermodynamics Laboratory The Thermodynamics Laboratory serves students enrolled in mechanical and electromechanical degree programs and enables them to study the use of energy for the purposes of mechanical and electrical power production. This lab features a turbo charged diesel engine/generator station, a calorimeter for fuel analysis, an air heat-recovery ventilator (white enclosure) for indoor air quality, a state-of-the-art small engine dynamometer, and an aircraft gas turbine. Students are introduced to pressure, temperature, and humidity testing devices such as transducers, vacuum gages, thermocouples, and barometers. Engine efficiency and performance tests are conducted, and students learn basic properties of various fluids.

Wentworth Hall

Computer Networking Laboratory The Computer Networking Laboratory is outfitted with the latest technology, including Dell and HP servers, Enterasys routers, switches, patch panels, and UPS systems - all housed in four 42U four-post racks. The laboratory also has a virtualization environment using VM-Ware which enables a bank of servers to host virtual servers with many different network operating systems. Students work on hardware and software to create a multitude of network configurations.

Electromagnetics and Telecommunications Laboratory The Electromagnetics and Telecommunications Laboratory is intended primarily to meet the needs of the rapidly growing telecommunications industry. This student work area is currently equipped with ten of the latest RF network analyzers and ten computers for work in electromagnetic field theory.

Power and Controls Laboratory The Power and Controls Laboratory is a specialty lab dedicated to the study of various size motors and generators and to the analysis and design of analog and digital feedback control systems. Centered on four machine sets, this student work area is supported by ten computers, digital oscilloscopes, and digital multimeters.

Williston Hall

Basic Industries Laboratory This laboratory features conventional machining equipment such as lathes, drill presses, surface grinders, and vertical milling machine. There is also a welding area where students learn the basics of Oxy-Acetylene (gas), Shielded Metal Arc (stick), welding, as well as safety. This laboratory also has a working foundry where students get to see and make Green Sand Molds that have molton aluminum poured into them to create a part or base. Students enrolled in Electromechanical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering Technology utilize this equipment to learn the principles of manufacturing. Sheet metal fabrication processes and measurement techniques are also major topic areas, and advanced level students are exposed to numerical control programming. This lab supports numerous project courses and is a valuable resource for the development of prototypes for students involved in various professional societies and clubs.

Willson Hall

Chemistry Laboratory The Chemistry Laboratory houses a variety of analytical equipment including eight pH meters with probes, five analytical balances, two auto-titrators, four spectrophotom-eters, eight built-in draft hoods, twelve aspirators, four meltingpoint Mel-Lab units, and a portable computer for virtual demonstrations. A Perkin Elmer atomic absorption spectrometer with data acquisition unit and Hewlett-Packard gas chromatograph with mass selective detector are available for use by students taking chemistry courses. Research grade distilled water is generated by a Millipore Direct Q Distillation Unit.

Nanotechnology Laboratory The laboratory is used to supplement nanotechnology courses at Wentworth and supports undergraduate research through senior design offerings and special student projects as well as for teaching across engineering disciplines, particularly Electronics, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Electromechanical Engineering to promote cross-disciplinary teamwork at Wentworth. The laboratory encompasses a nanoparticle deposition system capable of generating nanoparticles of different sizes from different materials in a differential pressure vacuum system along with other test and characterization equipments.

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