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Engineering and Computer Science

I. Program Information

The collections of the Engineering Library support the research and teaching of the six departments in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS): Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Computer and Information Science, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. Each department offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

  1. The Department of Bioengineering supports research in injury biomechanics, biomaterials, neuroengineering, biofluid mechanics; tissue and cellular engineering, orthopaedic bioengineering, hearing and vision research, and biomedical imaging. A Master of Biotechnology Program is also offered. The Department has 15 primary and 8 secondary faculty members. There are 227 undergraduate students and 145 graduate students. The department is closely affiliated with Penn's Institute for Medicine and Engineering.
  2. The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, which has 10 primary and 4 secondary faculty members, supports research in advanced materials, biotechnology, colloid and surface science, design dynamics and control of processes, energy and the environment, and thermodynamics and transport phenomena. It has 91 undergraduates and 49 graduate students.
  3. The Computer and Information Science department has 539 undergraduates and 254 graduate students (the undergraduate department is referred to as Computer Science and Engineering). There are 29 primary and 12 secondary faculty in the department. The key areas of scholarship are artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer graphics, logic and computation, databases, natural language processing, and computer programming languages. Research and faculty are divided into a number of groups and labs: the Cognitive Science Program, the General Robotics and Active Sensory Perception (GRASP) lab, the Language Information and Computation (LINC) Lab, the Graphics Lab, the Distributed Systems Lab (DSL) and the Logic and Computation Group.
  4. The key areas of scholarship in Electrical Engineering are computer engineering, image processing, solid state and signal processing and system analysis, neural networks, materials and devices, and telecommunications. Associated laboratories include the Signal Processing Research Lab, Microwave Imaging and Anechoic Chamber Facility, Electro-Optics/Photonic Neuroengineering Lab, VLSI and Neural Network Test Lab, and VLSI Design Lab. A Master in Telecommunications and Networking (TCOM) Program is also offered. Research Centers and institutes supported include the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, the Center for Human Modeling and Simulation, the Center for Sensor Technologies, and the Valley Forge Research Center. Areas of Systems Engineering research supported by the Library include systems science and operations research, which includes systems analysis, modeling, control systems, and optimization techniques; and civil systems, which includes transportation, structural, and environmental/resources systems. The Library supports research in manufacturing systems as well. The Electrical and Systems Engineering department has 24 primary and 7 secondary faculty, 486 undergraduates, and 171 graduate students.
  5. The work of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering can be grouped under five general headings: atomic-level phenomena in materials; deformation and fracture of structural materials; chemistry and physics of ceramics; polymeric materials; and electronic and magnetic materials. The department includes 14 primary and 1 secondary faculty members, 25 undergraduate students, and 40 graduate students.
  6. Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics concentrates on the mechanics
    of materials; new materials; fluid mechanics; embedded computing; computer-aided design and manufacturing; robotics; mechatronics; biomechanics; thermal sciences; design and manufacturing systems; and energy conversion. The Department has 12 primary and 2 secondary faculty members, 100 undergraduate students, and 63 graduate students.

The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers an Executive Master's in Technology Management (EMTM) program, which enrolls approximately 236 students at present. Faculty members for the program are drawn from both SEAS and the Wharton School. Engineering Library and Lippincott Library collections both support this program.

The Laboratory for Research in the Structure of Matter (LRSM) draws
faculty and students from the SEAS and from the School of Arts and Sciences (Chemistry and Physics departments).

II. Collection Description

The Engineering Library houses approximately 95,000 volumes and receives about 500 journals in print format. Access is offered to approximately 1500 science and engineering journals. Engineering dissertations from the past five years are held in
the Library. Consult Franklin for the location of early engineering
dissertations. The Library also has a small collection of videotapes on
fluid dynamics.

III. Guidelines for Collection Development

  1. Chronological

    Emphasis is on current research. No effort is made to purchase materials on the historical study of the subjects collected, with the exception of materials relating to the role of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in the development of the ENIAC computer.

  2. Formats

    The Library collects journals, monographic series, monographs, and reference works in print and electronic formats. Dissertations and theses from Penn are collected; those from other schools are acquired as needed. Some senior design projects are maintained.

  3. Geographical

    Not applicable.

  4. Language

    The preferred language is English. Monographs are purchased almost exclusively in English. Major foreign language journals may be acquired, but the translated version is preferred if available.

  5. Publication Dates

    Current materials are purchased.

IV. Principal Sources of Supply and major Selection Tools

Faculty, staff and student recommendations, standing orders for monographic series, and approval plans are used for acquisitions. Publishers' advertisements and catalogs are also consulted; book and journal reviews are useful. Undergraduate materials are purchased if recommended by faculty for reserve or as general reference.

V. Subjects Collected and Levels of Collecting

Subject Collected Levels of Collecting
Biomaterials 4/4E
Biomechanics 4/4E
Biotransport, biorheology and biofluid mechanics 2/3E
Hearing research 3/3E
Vision, including color 3/3E
Computational Biology and Medicine 3E/3E/4E
Imaging 3E/4E
Analog to Digital Circuits 3E/3E
Sensors and Transducers 3E/3E
Signal and Image Analysis 3E/4E
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Advanced materials 3/4E
Analysis and testing of materials 3/3E
Biochemical engineering 3/3E
Biotechnology 2/3/4E
Catalysis (including biocatalysis) 4/4F
Colloid and surface scienc 3/3/4F
Computers and their applications 2/3F
Control and Process Instrumentation 3/3/4E
Diffusional Operations 3/3/4E
Energy and the environment 2/3E
Energy generation, distribution and use 3/3E
Fluid flow 4/4E
Heat and mass transfer 3/4E
Mathematical modeling and analysis 3/4E
Mechanical operations 3/3E
Physicochemical properties 3/3E
Pollution control 2/3E
Process operation, loss prevention and optimization 3/3/4E
Reaction kinetics and thermodynamics 4/4E
Computer and Information Science
Algorithm Analysis 3E/4E
Artificial Intelligence 3E/4E
Combinatorial analysis (including Combinatorial Algorithms and Graph Theory) 3E/3E/4E
Computation and Logic 3E/3E/4E
Computer Graphics 3E/4E
Computer Mathematics 3E/3E
Computer Security and Ethics 3E/3E
Computer Software-General 3E/4E
Compilation 3E/3E
Expert Systems 3E/3E/4E
Operating Systems 3E/4E
Software Engineering 3E/3E/4E
Database Management Systems 3E/3E/4E
Digital Computers-General 4E/4E
Real-time Data Processing 4E/4E
Distributed Systems-Networking 3E/3E/4E
Human-Computer Interaction 3E/3E/4E
Information Theory 3E/3E/4E
Interactive and Virtual Systems 3E/3E
Machine Perception and Computer Vision 4E/4E
Natural Language Processing 3E/4E
Parallel Processing 3E/3E
Programming-General 3E/4E
Programming Languages-General (including shells and operating systems) 3E/4E
LISP, Modula III, JAVA, Perl, Prolog, Scheme, UNIX 3E/3E
C, C++,CLP, Hermes, ML 3E/4E
Robot Manipulation 3E/4E
Robot Vision 3E/4E
Theory of Computation (including Computational Complexity and Automata) 3E/3E/4E
Electrical and Systems Engineering
Applied Optics and Lasers 4E/4E
Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing Systems 3E/4E
Computer Engineering and Hardware 4E/4E
Electrical Engineering-General (including Electrical Measurements) 4E/4E
Electrical Circuits and Materials 3E/3E
Electricity and Electrical Power 3E/3E
Electrodynamics 3E/3E
Electromagnetics and Electric Waves 4E/4E
Electronics-General and Circuits 3E/3E
Materials and Apparatus 3E/4E
Microelectronics and Integrated Circuits 4E/4E
Microwaves 3E/3E
Semiconductors and Semiconductor Devices 4E/4E
VLSI Circuits and Design 3E/3E/4E
Image Processing and Imaging Systems 4E/4E
Pattern Recognition 3E/4E
Neural Networks 3E/4E
Radar 3E/3E
Sensor and Sensor Technology 3E/4E
Signal Processing 3E/4E
Solid State Electronics (including Thin Films) 3E/4E
Control Engineering Systems and Control Theory 3E/3E/4E
Network Systems Theory 3E/3E
Operations Research and System Analysis-General 3E/3E/4E
Integer Programming 3E/3E
Linear Programming 3E/3E
Non-linear Programming 3E/3E
Probability and Statistics 3E/3E
Queuing Theory 3E/3E
Reliability 3E/3E
Simulation in System Analysis 3E/3E
Stochastic Processes 3E/3E
System Engineering-General 3E/3E
Telecommunication-General 3E/4E
Telephone and Cellular Radio Networks 3E/3E
Data Networks (Local area, Metropolitan area, ISDN and Broadband networks; system performance evaluation) 3E/4E
Environmental Engineering 3/3E
Environmental Pollution 3/3E
Municipal Engineering 3/3E
Municipal Refuse, Solid Waste 3/3E
Structural Analysis 3/3E
Structural Engineering, General 3/3E
Structural Steel Design 4/3E
Transportation Engineering 4/4E
Water Supply 3/3E
Materials Science and Engineering
Advanced Materials 4/4E
Ceramics 3/4E
Corrosion 3/3E
Deformation 3/4E
Electronic Materials 3/4E
Engineering Failure 4/3E
Engineering Materials 4/4E
Fatigue and Fracture 3/4E
Intermetallic compound 3/4E
Inorganic polymers 2/4E
Interfaces and Grain Boundaries 3/3/4E
Magnetic Materials 3/3E
Mechanical Properties of Materials 3/3E
Mechanical Testing of Materials 3/3E
Metals and Alloys 3/3E
Oxides 3/4E
Physical Metallurgy 3/3E
Polymers, Macromolecules 3/4E
Superconductivity 3/4E
Surface Chemistry 4/4E
Surface, thin films; Solid State Physics 4/4E
Techniques, e.g. Atomic-force and scanning-tunneling microscopy 3/3E
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Acoustics 2/3E
Automata, Robots 4/4E
Electronic Packaging 2/3E
Engineering Mechanics and Dynamics 4/4E
Heat Transfer 2/3E/4E
Manufacturing 2/2/3E
Metallurgy 3/3E
Motor Vehicles 3/3E
Solar Energy 3/3E
Vibration in Engineering 3/3E
General Topics
Computational Methods in Engineering 4/4E
Computer-Aided Design 4/3E
Engineering Design 3/3E
Engineering, General 3/3E
Engineering Instruments 4/3E
Engineering Mathematics 4/4E
Hazardous Substances 4/3E

VI. Subjects Excluded

The Library does not keep a current collection of standards issued by major agencies such as ANSI and ASTM. ASTM standards are updated every ten years. The Library does not collect patents. The Free Library of Philadelphia is a patent depository.

VII. Cooperative Arrangements and Related Collections

The sciences foundational to most engineering disciplines are collected in the physical and health sciences libraries on campus. These fundamental materials are typically not duplicated in the Engineering Library.

In addition to the basic physics and mathematics works in the Mathematics/Physics/Astronomy Library, the collection there includes material on chaos theory, classical mechanics, the physics of materials, optics, and surface science. The Chemistry Library has material of special
interest in biochemistry, polymer science and surface chemistry.

The Biomedical Library and Engineering Library cooperate to collect works on biomaterials, biomechanics, hearing and vision research, rehabilitation, and medical instrumentation to support the research of the Bioengineering Department. The Dental Library collects in dental biomechanics and biomaterials.

The Fisher Fine Arts Library collects materials on transportation as does the Lippincott Library (business aspects). The Lippincott collection offers supporting collections for energy management, management science, optimization, decision science, statistics, and other areas of applied mathematics. The Engineering Library and Fisher Fine Arts Library jointly support the needs of Digital Media Design undergraduate students.

Historical and social aspects of engineering and other sciences are collect by the Van Pelt Library. There are also collections supporting artificial intelligence and natural language research in the Van Pelt Library, specifically in cognitive science, linguistics, philosophy, and logic.

Due to the proximity of the Drexel University Library, reciprocal user arrangements have been established. Penn faculty can register at Drexel's Library for borrowing privileges, and Penn graduate students use letters of introduction to establish borrowing privileges at Drexel. There is much mutual use of both libraries.