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The School of Engineering & Technology (SET) produces nationally competitive BS and MSCSS computer software professionals essential for Washington to be at the competitive edge in the high tech economy.

  • Competitive software development engineers are especially critical resources in the present environment of growing international competition and the reality of off-shoring.
  • SET graduates will support retention of present industry, attract new industry to the Puget Sound and the Northwest, and foster innovative and competitive start-ups.
  • Graduates will fuel economic development in a region of the state that had not benefited from the high-tech industry nearly so much as neighboring regions.

SET prepares Washington residents for access to the most rewarding careers in the high-tech industry.

  • SET expands access to the type of high quality of education already provided by the UW Seattle Computer Science & Engineering program — one of the nation's top-seven research-oriented computer science departments.
  • SET proactively strives to encourage and develop a pipeline of students who will be well prepared for study at SET. SET offers a Dual Admission program, which allows a student to reserve a seat for their junior year at UW Tacoma at the same time they enroll as a freshman in community college, and enables SET to help advise lower division students.
  • SET has a particular interest in reaching out to women and people of color, who are underrepresented in the high-tech field. It desires to create an environment that is supportive and encouraging to a diverse population.

SET provides a balanced preparation that is ideal for professional practice.

  • A rigorous core provides appropriate foundations for maximum flexibility and growth in a rapidly evolving environment and for maintaining life long professional competence and competitiveness. It includes a balance of theoretical/analytical, practical, and social/ethical/collaboration skills. Elective courses provide interdisciplinary choices for intellectual breadth, support of leadership skills, and understanding of best practice.
  • Special focused laboratories provide exposure, experience and research with cutting-edge technologies for rapid contribution and productivity in professional practice.
  • Concentrations of courses provide a competitive level of expertise in a chosen area of interest. The SET is nimble and can react quickly to provide education in evolving areas of need.
  • Internships provide practice and experience for a running start in the profession after graduation. MS capstone projects provide experience and depth with either, or both, theoretical and practical problems.

SET produces research, particularly applied research, that is important to Washington.

  • A hallmark of SET is its interest in applied or experimental research with, and contributions to, real problems. SET has an interest in being a catalyst for developing intellectual property with business and industry, and economic development in Washington.
  • SET is also interested in basic research, particularly in niche areas that complement other active research programs in Washington. Much of the basic research has a motivation from real problems, and results create foundations for future products and services.

SET is a public-private partnership that serves both the university and the private communities through collaborations on research, design, and problems of mutual interest.

  • SET was created as a public-private partnership and continues to promote the relationship in the best interests of both. The SET Advisory Board provides timely and critical advice and feedback from community and industry leaders.
  • SET is continually building peer-to-peer partnerships with industry, placing interns, collaborating in research and problem solving, and keeping a finger on the pulse of what employers seek in well-prepared graduates. Faculty, students and business leaders interact, often through capstone projects and internships, bringing together the pieces of knowledge that make new breakthroughs possible.