University of Vermont

cems
College of
ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

Mission and Philosophy

Mission

The mission of the College is fourfold:

  1. To prepare graduates for leadership roles in their chosen profession and society in general by engendering:
    • clear, creative, critical, informed, sound and ethical thinking;
    • both reductive and integrative approaches to problem solving;
    • a deep conceptual understanding of and aesthetic appreciation for engineering, science and mathematics;
    • strong written, oral and visual communication skills;
    • a passion for continuous learning and self-improvement; and
    • an appreciation for various modes of reasoning.

  2. To cultivate a diverse community of scholars recognized programmatically and individually for contributions to the advancement of engineering practice and science, computer science and mathematics through research and pedagogy.

  3. To provide the State of Vermont an intellectual resource for technologically driven economic growth.

  4. To promote engineering, computer science and mathematics within the context of a liberal education and as professions in service to humanity.

Our Philosophy

We must know for whom we are designing and what it is that underlies societal needs and wants. An understanding of engineering, computer science and mathematics, in their broadest sense, will be necessary to serve society's needs and build a sustainable future for our global community.

For us to fully and properly capitalize on our understanding of the sciences and mathematics, we must have an appreciation for the human condition and the human record. Consequently, it is imperative that our graduates are educated not only in the technical rigors of their specific field, but also more broadly in the humanities, social sciences and the arts.

Find out more...

To learn more about CEM's unique educational and research philosophy, see the Dean's Welcome and Realizing the Power of Engineering Thought.