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Mark Coen, Associate Registrar
Office of the Registrar
Williston Hall 103
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Boston, MA 02115
A prime objective of the faculty, staff, and administration is to assist our students in taking full advantage of the learning environment and resources available at Wentworth so that they may succeed in achieving their educational and career goals.
To help the new day student, the Institute has developed Wentworth Opening Week (WOW). At this multi-day orientation, faculty, staff, and students give counsel regarding a student’s selected program of study, review strategies for taking full advantage of Wentworth’s learning environment and support services, and outline major academic policies and procedures affecting graduation requirements.
All students – in both day and CPCE programs - are assigned a faculty advisor from their discipline (non-matriculated CPCE students should meet with the associate director of admissions). Faculty advisors maintain posted hours during the week while classes are in session to counsel students on curricular matters, monitor academic progress of assigned students, review academic policies and procedures when necessary, review students’ course selections prior to registration, and answer questions regarding their career and educational objectives. First-year students will not be able to register for spring 2010 or fall 2010 courses without meeting their advisor. Students are required to fulfill the Student Responsibilities for Academic Advising as listed below. Students must:
- Know the name of their academic advisors (and Program Coordinator, if applicable) as well as his/her office location, telephone extension, e-mail address, and office hours. Students can find their advisor’s name on Leopardweb, listed as part of the student information page listed in the Student Records menu.
- Know the office location and telephone number of the department in which they are enrolled.
- Keep their personal information (local address, telephone number, and e-mail address) updated with the Institute.
- Become familiar with the catalog, Student Handbook, and curriculum requirements for their designated majors. Know how prerequisites and co-requisites will affect course sequencing and scheduling. (These resources are available in print and online.)
- Be aware of all significant dates (registration, Drop/Add, etc.) throughout the academic year.
- Inform their advisors of any extenuating circumstances affecting their academic progress.
- Contact the appropriate professor and/or advisor upon receipt of a grade below C at midterm or after final grades are posted. Contact his/her advisor if put on probation.
- Initiate contact (meeting, phone call, e-mail) with their advisors when facing academic difficulties; and know that their advisors are also a resource for referrals regarding personal issues.
- Follow-up on the suggestions arising from meetings with their advisors, and inform their advisors of progress in carrying out any suggested courses of action.
- Learn and use the features of the Leopard Connection (LConnect) to facilitate communication between the student, the advisor, and the Institute.
It is ultimately each student’s responsibility to fulfill his/her degree requirements.
Students are encouraged to discuss academic problems with their instructors and advisors as early as possible. There is no reason for any student not to receive assistance to resolve problems or not to academically succeed at Wentworth. Families of new students are also encouraged to recommend that students seek help as soon as possible from a student’s instructor or faculty advisor. The Center for Teaching and Learning is also available for assistance.
Faculty advisors are also available to assist students with academic difficulties, and to explain the various academic policies and procedures at the Institute.
Walter T. Punch, Director
Beatty Hall, 2nd Floor
The Wentworth Alumni Library provides a professionally selected collection of materials 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)
- over 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. 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 Brookline Public Library, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Hebrew College, 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, Simmons College, Suffolk University, University of Massachusetts at Boston and Wheelock College.
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 617-989-3040 or visit the website at www.wit.edu/library.
Center for Teaching and Learning
Karen Britton, Director
Beatty Hall, Room 402
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 open Monday through Friday. Specific hours and a complete list of services can be accessed through the CTL website at http://www.wit.edu/Academics/Resource/ or by checking the schedule posted outside the CTL. For additional information, contact the director at 617-989-4472.
Academic Services and Facilities
The Davis Center for Advanced Graphics & Interactive Learning
Monique Fuchs, Associate Vice President, Academic Technology
Annex Central, Room 207
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.
Division of Technology Services
Beatty Hall, Room 320
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Laboratory and Studio Facilities
Wentworth’s laboratory and studio facilities are equipped with the tools, materials, apparatus, instrumentation and machinery necessary to provide students with a variety of hands-on technical, industrial and design experiences. This detailed listing of laboratory and studio facilities demonstrates the range of practical learning opportunities afforded to Wentworth students.
Alternate Fuels Laboratory (Kingman 103)
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.
Architecture Design Studios (Annex North)
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.
Automation Laboratory (Rubenstein 101)
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.
Basic Industries Laboratory (Williston 001)
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 molten aluminum poured into them to create a part or base. Students enrolled in Electromechanical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering Technology use 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.
Chemistry Laboratory (Willson 203 & 204)
The Chemistry Laboratory houses a variety of analytical equipment including eight pH meters with probes, five analytical balances, two auto-titrators, four spectrophotometers, eight built-in draft hoods, twelve aspirators, four melting point 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.
Computer Hardware Laboratory (Dobbs 007)
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.
Computer Networking Laboratory (Wentworth 004)
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.
Concrete Laboratory (Annex Central 012)
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.
Construction Management Project Laboratory (Annex South 002 & 004)
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.
Design and Simulation (Mathematical Modeling) Laboratory (Dobbs 202)
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.
Electromagnetics and Telecommunications Laboratory (Wentworth 003)
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.
Electronics Laboratory (Dobbs 104A)
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.
Engineering Prototype and Projects Laboratory (Dobbs 104B)
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.
Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (Kingman 101)
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.
Fluids and Hydraulics Laboratory (Annex Central 005)
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.
Gas Chromatograph/Atomic Absorption Spectrometer Lab (Annex North 001)
This lab houses an atomic absorption spectrometer with data acquisition unit and a gas chromatograph with mass selective detector.
Geotechnical Laboratory (Annex Central 009)
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.
Heat Transfer Laboratory (Kingman 102)
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.
HVAC Laboratory (Kingman 102)
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.
Industrial and Interior Design Studios (Annex East, Annex South)
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.
Materials Science Laboratory (Dobbs 104D)
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.
Model Shop (Annex East)
Shared by members of the industrial design and interior design programs, the Model Shop houses wood and metal working machinery and 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 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.
Nanotechnology Laboratory (Willson 105)
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.
Physics Laboratories (Ira Allen Building)
The Physics Laboratories are equipped to support introductory experiments in mechanics, 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.
Power and Controls Laboratory (Wentworth 007)
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
Strength of Materials Laboratory (Dobbs 008)
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.
Survey Locker (Annex North)
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.
Thermodynamics Laboratory (Rubenstein 005)
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.
Water and Wastewater Unit Operations Laboratory (Annex North 003)
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.