Welcome Messages

Dear Prospective Engineering Student:

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the School of Engineering, I would like to welcome you and to encourage you to become part of the School of Engineering at San Francisco State University. We think you will find our programs to be stimulating, enjoyable, and useful.

The School of Engineering offers undergraduate degrees in four disciplines – Civil, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical. The School of Engineering at SFSU has approximately 1000 undergraduate students majoring in Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, and about 80 graduate students working toward the Master of Science in Engineering in three concentrations, Electrical/ Computer Engineering and in Structural/Earthquake Engineering, Energy systems, respectively.

As articulated in its mission statement, the School’s purpose is: “to educate students from a diverse and multicultural population to become productive members of the engineering profession and society at large.”  The School of Engineering combines excellence in teaching theoretical principles and engineering design concepts with practical hands-on experience within a curriculum designed to foster both technical proficiency and communications skills. The faculty of the School of Engineering is highly regarded for its strong practical engineering experience and excellent academic qualifications.  The orientation and specializations of the faculty are eclectic and wide-ranging, offering expertise both in design and in basic and applied research.  All faculty are committed to excellence in teaching, as evidenced by the careers they have chosen on the faculty of a comprehensive urban public university.  In addition, the School is active in research and has been awarded grants and contracts from sources including the US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, Air Force Research Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Pacific Gas & Electric, Agilent Technologies, AT&T, NEC, Linear Technology, and Sun Microsystems.  The School also maintains strong ties with local industry, and the region’s many innovative engineering and technology companies provide an abundant pool of desirable internship and employment opportunities for our students.

If you have any questions regarding orientation, transfer evaluation, general education, major advising, or other issues, please feel free to call the School of Engineering Office at (415) 338-1228 or send us an email at engrasst@sfsu.edu. Please visit engineering.sfsu.edu for more information. If you would like to talk to someone in person, I encourage you to come to the School Office which is located in the Science Building, Room 163. 

Kwok-Siong Teh, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
School of Engineering 
San Francisco State University




To educate students, from a diverse and multicultural population, to become productive members of the engineering profession and society at large.

Student Outcomes

In accordance with ABET Criterion 3, School of Engineering students are expected to attain the following outcomes by the time of graduation:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.



Dragomir Bogdanic, Branch Chief, Division of Construction, Caltrans District 4 
Don Chan, Vice President, Synopsys Inc 
Henry Chang, President, Structus Inc 
Olivia Chen, Principal, Olivia Chen Consultants 
Sergio Franco, Emeritus Professor, SFSU 
John Howard, Vice President, R & D, Intuity Medical 
Mike Keating, Synopsys Inc 
Edward LamChair, Engineering Advisory Board; Vice President of Business Development, ZMD America, INC 
Jack Law, Principle, SDE 
Kent Leung, City of San Francisco DPW 
Ulrich Luscher, Consultants-Retired, Woodward-Clyde 
T.M. Mak, Intel 
Terry Mancilla, Senior Engineer, HP 
Dr. Manuchehr Nikanjam, Senior Scientist, Chevron Research 
Seapahn Megerian, Google 
Kurt Mueller, Business Development and Consulting Services Manager, Synopsys, Inc. 
Norm Owen, Emeritus Professor, SFSU 
Albert P. Pisano, Faculty Head, OE Program Office, UC Berkeley 
Khaled Shahwan, Director, Automotive Composites Consortium; Global R&D, Chrysler LLC 
Barry Shiller, Retired, Elantec Engineering 
Chris W. Thomson, Project Time and Cost 
John G. Williams, Arup 
Sandy Yen, Vice President, MLI 


FAQs are a collection of students' questions from the School of Engineering office during the past few years. If you have any question that is not answered in the FAQs, please contact Dr. Pong (wspong@sfsu.edu).

  1. How do I change my major?
  2. Who is my advisor?
  3. What is a Student Planning Worksheet, and why do I need one?
  4. Why am I being warned about missing prerequisites?
  5. How can I transfer required engineering courses from another institution?
  6. How do I file for graduation?
  7. How do I arrange for individual supervised study?
  8. How can I drop or withdraw from a class?
  9. Why am I on academic probation, and what can I do about it?
  10. What undergraduate majors are offered by the School of Engineering?
  11. Can I take a minor in engineering?
  12. What concentrations are offered for graduate study in the School of Engineering?

How do I change my major?

If you're changing majors, and your new major is in engineering, fill out a Change of Major form, available from the Engineering office (SCI 163) or online at https://www.sfsu.edu/~admisrec/reg/changemajor.html . Be sure to use the 6-digit SIMS major code for the new major you've chosen:

671703 Civil engineering
671701 Computer engineering
671705 Electrical engineering
671711 Mechanical engineering

Return the form to the Engineering office for the Director's signature (allow up to one week: sometimes we're very busy!). Pick up the signed form and turn it in at the One-Stop desk.

If your new major is not one of the four engineering programs, submit the form to the new department rather than to us.

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Who is my advisor?

If you have been assigned an advisor in the past, and you don't remember who it is, stop by the Engineering office (SCI 163) and ask. If you've never had an advisor, you need to fill out a Student Planning Worksheet-see below for details. Once we have a worksheet on file for you, we will assign you an advisor.

If you are a lower-division student (have never taken a 300- or 400-level class), or have questions about your General Education curriculum, you must see one of the GE/LD advisors: Dr. Krishnan and Dr. Owen. Signup sheets are in the Engineering office.

If you need upper-division advising in your major, find out what your advisor's scheduled office hours are and arrange to meet then.

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What is a Student Planning Worksheet, and why do I need one?

A Student Planning Worksheet is a four-page sheet that tracks your progress toward graduation by recording the required and elective courses you have completed. The sheets are color-coded: green for CE, salmon for CmpE, yellow for EE, blue for ME.

Every engineering major MUST have one and only one worksheet on file in the Engineering office. If you do not have a worksheet on file with us, complete one right away. If information on your worksheet is out of date, fix it. This is the most important thing you can do to avoid unforeseen problems later.

It is essential that every undergraduate student attend Advising Day, held once a semester; in addition, upper-division Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering majors must meet with an individual advisor. In any case, you must retrieve your Student Planning Worksheet from the Engineering office (SCI 163) before Advising Day, bring it with you to all individual and group meetings, and return it promptly so we may record your attendance.

If you are a transfer student, we also use the worksheet to record transfer equivalencies for courses taken at previous institutions (see "How can I transfer required engineering courses from another institution?" below).

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Why am I being warned about missing prerequisites?

Because of the highly interdependent "critical paths" in the undergraduate engineering curricula, we take special care to ensure that you have completed all prerequisite courses as specified in the SFSU Bulletin. If you have failed to complete one or more prerequisites for a course you are currently taking, we will administratively withdraw you from that class.

Note that concurrent enrollment, or completion of a prerequisite course with less than a C grade, may not satisfy the requirements of a class. Check the Bulletin for details on your specific course.

If we have warned you that you are missing required prerequisites, the email or letter that we sent you will outline the steps you can take to address the problem. Administrative withdrawal is our last resort, and we will use it only after giving you adequate opportunity to remedy the situation.

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How can I transfer required engineering courses from another institution?

If you are a transfer student, you must fill out a Student Planning Worksheet as soon as possible (see "What is a Student Planning Worksheet?" above). Take your worksheet, along with unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate institutions you have attended, to the program head for your major. The program head will evaluate your transcripts and mark those that are approved as equivalent to SFSU courses on your worksheet. Bring the worksheet back to the Engineering office (SCI 163) and we will keep it on file.

If the coursework you're trying to transfer was completed at another California State University campus, a University of California campus, or a California junior college, you can find out for yourself whether a transfer equivalence exists by visiting http://www.assist.org/ . Otherwise, engineering program heads evaluate transfers on a case-by-case basis. As of Spring 2005, the program heads are:

Civil Engineering Prof. Timothy D'Orazio SCI 168B EJKuczynsk@aol.com
Computer Engineering Prof. Thomas Holton SCI 170 tholton@sfsu.edu
Electrical Engineering Prof. Thomas Holton SCI 170 tholton@sfsu.edu
Mechanical Engineering Prof. Ahmad Ganji SCI 129 aganji@sfsu.edu

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How do I file for graduation?

The relevant dates for graduation (including the dates by which applications are due and the actual date of the commencement ceremony) are determined by the University at the beginning of each semester. You may always check the SFSU academic calendar at http://www.sfsu.edu/deptpage/acal4.htm  to see these dates. Typically, applications are due to the School of Engineering two weeks before they are due to the University Registrar's office.

There are two sets of General Education (GE) requirements applicable to engineering majors: the 33-unit ("engineering GE") program or the 48-unit ("University GE") program. You must choose one of these. If you are on the University GE program, you must submit a major application packet and a GE worksheet; if you are on the engineering GE program, you must submit a major application packet and GE application packet.

We post detailed instructions on applying for graduation at the beginning of each semester in the Engineering office (SCI 163).

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How do I arrange for individual supervised study?

You may register for ENGR 699 (undergraduate) or ENGR 899 (graduate) supervised study for 1, 2, or 3 units. Complete a Petition for Individual Study (the form is available in the Engineering office) and attach a proposal. Have this signed by the professor with whom you wish to work, and turn it in after the first day of class in the semester you wish to do the study. We will then give you an add sticker, so that you may register online or by touch-tone.

If you are a graduate student, you may earn units for ENGR 895/898 (master's thesis), 897 (research project), or 899 (individual supervised study). See your advisor or the graduate program coordinator for details.

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How can I drop or withdraw from a class?

During the first four weeks of instruction, dropping a course or courses is permitted without academic penalty. No symbol is recorded on your permanent record, and you may drop through the Gator Reg system (online or touch-tone) during access hours.

After the first four weeks of instruction, withdrawal from a course is not permitted except for serious and compelling reasons. You must fill out a Petition for Withdrawal (available in the Engineering office or online at https://www.sfsu.edu/~admisrec/forms/wc.htm ) and submit it to us with your instructor's signature, an unofficial transcript, and documentation of the extenuating circumstance making the withdrawal necessary. The Director of the School of Engineering may ask to meet with you personally to discuss your situation.

Withdrawal during the last three weeks of a semester is typically not permitted except for verifiable and compelling reasons clearly beyond your control; withdrawals at this stage ordinarily involve withdrawing totally from the University.

If you withdraw after the fourth week, you will receive a W grade on your transcript.


School of Engineering
Science Building 163

1600 Holloway Avenue, SCI 163
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: (415) 338-1228
Fax: (415) 338-0525

School of Engineering Information Sheet  [18 KB]

For general admission questions,
please email: prospect@sfsu.edu
For engineering questions in general,
please email: engrasst@sfsu.edu
please email Prof. Kwok Teh, ksteh@sfsu.edu
For Civil Engineering questions,
please email Prof. Timothy D'Orazio, EJKuczynsk@aol.com
For Computer/Electrical Engineering,
please email Prof. Hao Jiang, jianghao@sfsu.edu
For Mechanical Engineering questions,
please email Prof. Ed Cheng, ascheng@sfsu.edu
For Graduate Program questions,
please email Prof. Hamid Shahnasser, hamid@sfsu.edu
For Graduate Program Structural/Earthquake Engineering questions,
please email Prof. Cheng Chen, chcsfsu@sfsu.edu
For Graduate Program Embedded Systems & Energy Systems questions,
please email Prof. Hamid Shahnasser, hamid@sfsu.edu