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Mission Statement

The Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science at Hofstra University recognizes that its primary mission is to provide an optimal educational environment for students to gain an understanding of the world as shaped and designed by engineers and computer scientists, and to gain facility in the use of technology to improve the condition of human life on earth. Successful graduates of the degree programs in the DeMatteis School learn to become critical multidisciplinary thinkers, able to model, analyze and improve complex systems and thereby achieve innovative solutions to problems. They will consequently enter the professional realm, working harmoniously with other talented people, well qualified to tackle projects benefiting humanity.

An ideal environment for nurturing intellectual growth and fostering personal maturity is maintained at the DeMatteis School by staffing its constituent programs with dedicated faculty and other personnel who are devoted to the craft of teaching, who radiate intellectual curiosity through research and scholarship, and who respect each student striving to achieve educational and professional goals. Given the reputation of Hofstra University as, foremost, a teaching institution, care is taken to hire and retain faculty in our programs who will continually inspire students through their pedagogy and through the example they set as mentors. At the same time, many faculty members have attained international recognition for their research.

The DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science aspires also to be a school where students may participate fully in faculty-guided research initiatives, and where all laboratory facilities, even the most sophisticated and expensive, are made available for use by undergraduates. This culture of encouraging research offers many highly motivated students the opportunity to engage in scientific work leading to presentations at professional conferences and publications in peer-reviewed journals. Such students will be fully prepared to continue their education in graduate programs, as well as in industries with strong research components.

Many students take advantage of the opportunity to enhance their skills through participation in the DeMatteis School co-op program, which places them in an industry setting as full-time, compensated employees for a six-to-eight-month period. Equally valuable are part-time internship opportunities in which students can participate while continuing their education without pause. Hofstra University's proximity to New York City, where many engineering and computer science firms are headquartered, as well as the large number of technology companies on Long Island, facilitates the procurement of such positions for our students.

Hofstra University's strong foundation in liberal arts and sciences provides students with a full complement of courses in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics and the natural sciences. Technological advances generated by the engineering and computer science professions have both foreseen and unforeseen effects on human culture and civilization. The broadly educated Hofstra DeMatteis School graduate will mirror the builder/architect envisioned in classical times by Vitruvius, who, in his De Architectura (Book I, Chapter I) said of the successful craftsman: "He should be a man of letters, a skillful draughtsman, a mathematician, familiar with scientific inquiries, a diligent student of philosophy, acquainted with music ..." Throughout the ages this multiplicity of talents has been personified in individuals such as da Vinci, Pascal, Edison, von Neumann, Timoshenko, and many others who have been interdisciplinary innovators. Graduates who are historically, linguistically or culturally enriched through their educational experience at Hofstra will be better positioned to assess the effects of technological change on society, and — if necessary — to work to ameliorate any deleterious effects.

The DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science also benefits from an active partnership with our Advisory Board, composed of industry leaders representative of the fields our students are being prepared to enter. Feedback from professionals helps ensure that our degree programs remain dynamic, incorporating new information and new ways of approaching old problems, while never losing sight of the essential foundations of a solid engineering or computer science education.