Why CEMS?

Your learning at UVM will be hands-on and applied - from working with communities to understand infrastructure needs, to designing and building robots using new design philosophies, to building zero emissions racecars.

Students are encouraged to join one (or more) of our clubs and associations, such as the Society of Women Engineers, Engineers Without Borders, the Math Student Association, the Computer Science Student Association, and others. In these groups, you'll find like-minded students who work on interesting projects, and help each other get through our rigorous academic curriculum, and developing professional skills needed for today's workplace.

AERO Project Greenspeed For more hands-on experience - and collegiate rivalry - join our Alternative Energy Racing Organization, Mini-Baja Team, or Steel Bridge Team and put engineering design principles to work in international competitions. You'll gain real technical skills to complement the math, science, humanities and liberal arts education.

First-year students learn by doing in introductory design courses. Sophomores, juniors and seniors have the opportunity to join research teams of individual faculty members working on a variety of socially relevant projects.

As Seniors, Engineering students work in teams in order to solve real-world engineering problems. Electrical engineering and mechanical engineering student teams work on multidisciplinary design projects in collaboration with clients from industry or with faculty on research-related devices. Recent clients have included international companies like IBM and Goodrich Aerospace to local companies such as MicroStrain and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. Research related projects have been sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Civil engineering and environmental engineering students work in teams with local municipalities and non-profits to design sustainable systems to serve those communities.

Professor William Louisos Our faculty are passionate about teaching and developing new knowledge in their areas of expertise. Our College faculty have received the highest recognitions in their fields including being inducted into the National Academy of Engineers, being recognized as Fellows in their professional organizations, and receiving the most prestigious national research award. You benefit by having close interaction both in the classroom and by having the opportunity to work with them on bleeding edge research.

At UVM, you'll study at one of the nation's "hottest schools" located in a "top college town." Whether you like to ski, ride, hike, bike, sail, kayak, listen to live music or just hang out, Burlington, Vermont is the place to be.

Industry and academic leaders give UVM two thumbs-way-up:

Just as IBM is moving from solving narrow problems focused primarily on technology, to issues at a societal level, UVM is leading the way in redefining its educational structure to graduate engineers and mathematicians that are prepared to use their training in service to humanity.

— Nicholas M. Donofrio, Executive Vice President, IBM Global


Engineering education needs to change to produce problem definers as well as problem solvers. The vision and mission of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at UVM is right on track with this forward thinking.

— William A. Wulf, Ph.D., President, National Academy of Engineering