Interdisciplinary Engineering Courses

Of the following courses, some may be requirements for degree programs, and others may be taken as electives. See your departmental program of study or consult with an adviser for more information.

ENGI E1102x and y The art of engineering
4 pts. Lect: 4. Professor Vallancourt.
Core requirement for all entering SEAS students. This course is a bridge between the science-oriented, high school way of thinking and the engineering point of view. Fundamental concepts of math and science are reviewed and re-framed in an engineering context, with numerous examples of each concept drawn from all disciplines of engineering represented at Columbia. Non-technical issues of importance in professional engineering practice such as ethics, engineering project management, and societal impact are addressed. Lab fee: $350.

IEOR E2261x Introduction to accounting and finance
3 pts. Lect: 3. Professor Webster.
Prerequisite: ECON W1105. For undergraduates only. This course examines the fundamental concepts of financial accounting and finance, from the perspective of both managers and investors. Key topics covered include: principles of accrual accounting; recognizing and recording accounting transactions; preparation and analysis of financial statements, including balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, and statements of owners’ equity; ratio analysis; pro-forma projections; time value of money (present values, future values, and interest/discount rates); inflation; discounted-cash-flow (DCF) project evaluation methods; deterministic and probabilistic measures of risk; capital budgeting. The course is targeted toward students pursuing careers in engineering, economics, finance, or business.

EEHS E3900y History of telecommunications: from the telegraph to the internet
3 pts. Lect: 3.
Historical development of telecommunications from the telegraphy of the mid-1800s to the Internet at present. Included are the technologies of telephony, radio, and computer communications. The coverage includes both the technologies themselves and the historical events that shaped, and in turn were shaped by, the technologies. The historical development, both the general context and the particular events concerning communications, is presented chronologically. The social needs that elicited new technologies and the consequences of their adoption are examined. Throughout the course, relevant scientific and engineering principles are explained as needed. These include, among others, the concept and effective use of spectrum, multiplexing to improve capacity, digital coding, and networking principles. There are no prerequisites, and no prior scientific or engineering knowledge is required. Engineering students may not count this course as a technical elective.

CHEN E4020x Protection of industrial and intellectual property
3 pts. Lect: 3. Professor Pearlman.
To expose engineers, scientists, and technology managers to areas of the law they are most likely to be in contact with during their career. Principles are illustrated with various case studies together with active student participation.

ENGI W4100y  Research to Revenue
3pts. Lect: 3. Professor Sia and Toubia.
An interschool course with Columbia Business School that trains engineering and business students to identify and pursue innovation opportunities that rely on intellectual property coming out of academic research. Idea generation, market research, product development, and financing. Teams develop and present business model for a technological invention. This course has limited enrollment by application, and is open to advanced undergraduate students and graduate students. Consult with department for questions on fulfillment of technical elective requirement.

IEOR E4550x and y Entrpreneurial business creation for engineers
3 pts. Lect: 3. Professor Gulley.
Prerequisite: ENGI W2261. This course is required for undergraduate students majoring in OR:EMS. Introduces the basic concepts and methodologies that are used by the nonengineering part of the world in creating, funding, investing in, relating to,
and operating entrepreneurial ventures. The first half of the course focuses on the underpinning principles and skills required in recognizing, analyzing, evaluating, and nurturing a business idea. The second half focuses on basic legal knowledge necessary in creating a business entity, defending your business assets, and in promoting effective interaction with other individuals and organizations.

IEOR E4998x and y Managing technological innovation and entrepreneurship
3 pts. Lect: 3. Members of the faculty.
Focus on the management and consequences of technology-based innovation. Explores how new industries are created, how existing industries can be transformed by new technologies, the linkages between technological development and the creation of wealth, and the management challenges of pursuing strategic innovation.

ENGI E8000 Doctoral Field Work

1 pts. Professor Kachani and Associate Dean Simon.

Field work is integral to the academic preparation and professional development of doctoral students. This course provides the academic framework for field work experience required for the student’s program of study. Field work documentation and faculty advisor approval is required prior to registration. A final written report must be submitted. This course will count towards the degree program and cannot be taken for pass/fail credit or audited. With approval from the department chair or the doctoral program director, doctoral students can register for this course at most twice. In rare situations, exceptions may be granted by the Dean's Office to register for the course more than twice (e.g. doctoral students funded by industrial grants who wish to perform doctoral field work for their corporate sponsor). The doctoral student must be registered for this course during the same term as the field work experience.