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2021 - 2022 University Catalog 
2021 - 2022 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management is to deliver the highest quality undergraduate and graduate professional educational experience enabling our graduates to excel in the practice of their professional discipline or the pursuit of an advanced degree.

School Goals

In order to satisfy the mission, the faculty members of the School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management have identified the following School goals:

  • Deliver educational programs that are nationally accredited, continuously assessed and improved, and inspire excellence in students, faculty and staff.
  • Maintain an atmosphere that enhances education through student-oriented learning, effective content, pedagogy and mentorship.
  • Develop students who take responsibility for their education, embrace professional development and develop a global perspective on their profession.
  • Develop a committed and diverse faculty who understand and apply current and future trends in their disciplines.
  • Maintain a work environment in which staff and faculty take initiative and receive recognition for their achievements.
  • Support the mission and core values of Roger Williams University.


The School of Engineering, Computing, and Construction Management (SECCM) offers three undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. These programs are Computer Science, Construction Management, and Engineering. The school also offers an undergraduate degree in Computer Science leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The Computer Science (BS) major and the Engineering major are accredited by ABET. The American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) accredits the Construction Management (BS) major.

The academic programs are designed to provide our graduates with flexibility and competency in the pursuit of their career goals. The curriculum reflects the needs of today’s graduates. In today’s work place, successful professionals must be able to adapt to rapid technological change, communicate and interact effectively with diverse populations, and unite post-graduate educational and professional experiences into future vision. All of our programs incorporate the University Core Curriculum, which assures students of an extensive and effective background in the social sciences and humanities. The Computer Science (BS) and Engineering programs augment this Core with substantial requirements in mathematics and the physical sciences. The Computer Science (BA) program provides students the flexibility to double-major or pursue multiple minors.The Construction Management program complements the core curriculum with courses in mathematics, physical sciences, business and management.

Additional flexibility is built into the Engineering and Computer Science (BS) programs. Both programs require students to select a specialization. Engineering students may specialize in Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental or Mechanical Engineering. Computer Science students may specialize in Data Science, Digital Systems, Human Centered Computing, Intelligent and Autonomous Systems, or Mathematics. Both programs also accommodate “custom” specializations.

All undergraduate programs encourage students to participate in an internship experience. Internships may be arranged during an academic semester or during summer or winter breaks. The University Career Center helps students find and obtain intern opportunities.

In the SECCM, students have the opportunity and are encouraged to participate in a variety of students clubs. Engineering students may choose from clubs affiliated with: the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE); Engineers Without Borders (EWB); and, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Computer Science students are encouraged to join the student chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). Construction Management students are encouraged to participate in the Construction Management Student Club which is the umbrella organization for Women in Construction (WIC), United States Green Building Council (USGBC) student chapter; Residential Construction Club; Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) student chapter; and Sigma Lambda Chi (Construction Management Honor Society). These clubs participate in a wide variety of activities that include student competitions, community service, and interaction with local professional organizations. In addition to the educational benefits and networking opportunities, these clubs provide an environment in which students interact socially outside of the classroom with their fellow students and faculty.

Applicants for the SECCM programs should possess a strong background in mathematics and science. All applicants should have completed four years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and analytical geometry or precalculus. Two years of science, including physics, should have been completed.


The School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management is housed in two buildings near the center of the campus. The original building contains classrooms, seminar and discussion rooms, an auditorium, engineering and computer science laboratories, and faculty offices.

The new SECCM Laboratories building was completed in late January 2020. The 27,325 square foot facility contains state-of-the-art laboratories for all three disciplines, student collaboration spaces and faculty offices. Located adjacent to the original building, the new facility greatly enhances the experiential learning of our students.

School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management Faculty

Robert Griffin, Dean

Janet L. Baldwin, Interim Associate Dean and Engineering Program Coordinator

Michael J. Emmer, Construction Management Program Coordinator

Anthony S. Ruocco, Computer Science (BA and BS) Program Coordinator


Chunyan Bai, Janet L. Baldwin, B. Gokhan Çelik, Amine Ghanem, Koray Özer, Anthony S. Ruocco, Matthew R. Stein, Charles R. Thomas

Associate Professors:

Anne K. Anderson, Sonya J. Cates, Michael J. Emmer, Nicole M. Martino, William J. Palm

Assistant Professors:

Ahmet E. Akosman, Maija A. Benitz, Lillian C. Jeznach, Pamela K. Judge, Allison Marn (visiting), Issa J. Ramaji, Gordon Stewart (visiting), Shirley Tandoh (visiting)



James Dorothy, Steven Pulver, Marygrace Staton


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Master of Science