State-of-the-Art Software Advances Engineering Careers

Rutgers University Engineering students have access to the latest software and technology, enabling them to learn the state-of-the-art tools employed by engineering companies around the world.


MATLAB is a computer programming environment with a powerful collection of built-in tools for design, analysis, prototyping, and much more. With over one million users across academia and industry, MATLAB is widely used in engineering and science fields ranging from data science to machine learning. Through their hands-on experience with MATLAB, Rutgers Engineering students gain a leg up as they prepare for careers that require a valuable set of computer programming skills. According to assistant teaching professor Phillip Brown, MATLAB shares the same essential computer programming concepts of almost all other programming languages. “Computer programming, as a whole, as becoming an increasingly essential skill as we continue to find new ways to use computers to help us perform complicated tasks,” he said.

Siemens PLM Software Grant

Rutgers University-New Brunswick’s School of Engineering recently received a Siemens PLM Software grant, which provides students with the same technology used in industries ranging from the aerospace and automotive sectors to high-tech electronics. “This grant is exceptionally valuable because it helps us train our students for tomorrow’s jobs using one of the best engineering design software solutions available,” said Onur Bilgen, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. The Siemens’ PLM software will be used in select undergraduate courses and senior design projects, primarily employing the NX™ software package to design (CAD) and simulate (CAE) computer models of engineering systems. In addition, the computer aided manufacturing (CAM) module will assist in developing codes for control of manufacturing equipment.

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From Classroom to Career

Engineering students have a variety of software tools at their fingertips. From Raspberry Pi 3, a credit card sized mini-computer, to Python, a high-level programming language, students utilize state-of-the-art software for their senior design projects and other research endeavors. Additional programs offered by the School of Engineering include Solidworks, VISSIM, Arena, JMP, and RSLogix 5000. 

“Several of these are industry standard software packages, so students are ready to be productive the first day of their careers,” said design specialist Brian Alden. Students employ the available software for an array of purposes—from simulation and mathematical modeling to manufacturing procedures and automation.

Many students use these tools as they work to complete senior design projects that showcase the culmination of their engineering studies.

According to Lana Sharp who is completing her studies in industrial and systems engineering, her group relied heavily on computer systems to complete their project: a highly mobile intelligent tennis ball collector that was able to collect balls while playing a match.

“We used a variety of hardware and software, including Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Python, OpenCV, and Flask App,” she says. “There’s a great support system throughout the process with our advisory, technicians, and TAs.”