Engineering at NYU Abu Dhabi is designed to create technological leaders with a global perspective, a broad education, and the capacity to think creatively and innovate. The uniqueness of the program lies in the integration of invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship (i2e) into all phases of study. Through i2e, students enjoy a learning environment conducive to creativity, which is essential to leadership in tomorrow's technological innovation and enterprises.

Students are involved in the progression of technological innovations and inventions from concept through product development and market introduction. Students gain a firm grounding across various science and engineering fields that underscore the technical component of an engineering education, but they also draw upon courses across the curriculum and work in multidisciplinary teams that incorporate cultural, political, economic, environmental, and public safety considerations. By incorporating best-practice management concepts and critical thinking from liberal arts, the Engineering program develops innovators and out-of-the-box thinkers for today's technology-infused, globally connected society.

A distinguished and diverse faculty engages in state-of-the-art research, innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship. Areas of emphasis at NYUAD are: new and existing energy resources, growth and sustainability of cities, information technology, Internet security, gaming, and bioengineering. Faculty at NYUAD actively collaborate with faculty in other divisions at NYUAD and NYUNY as well as faculty in the departments of civil, chemical and biological, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. Students in the Engineering program have the opportunity to participate in incubator activities, gaining hands-on experience working side by side with faculty and companies in i2e initiatives.

The Engineering major is built on the solid foundation of the basic elements of liberal arts and the Foundations of Science program, which is required for all science, math, and engineering majors. Engineering majors take Foundations of Science 1-4, beginning in their first year.

Students are exposed to a series of five engineering foundation courses, providing background in concepts relating to i2e, engineering analysis and design, computation and simulation, experimentation and instrumentation. Engineering Foundations must be completed before registering for upper-level engineering electives. The foundation courses explore fundamental engineering topics of mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, materials science, and electronic circuits. Students majoring in Engineering receive a broad and in-depth education while acquiring knowledge of transdisciplinary technological fields covering civil, chemical, biological, computer, electrical, or mechanical engineering.

The Engineering program provides sound preparation for careers in research, academia, industry, or government. It gives students a "license to learn," preparing them to work in frontier areas of a multicultural world, equipped to learn quickly in specialized areas that will evolve with ever-increasing swiftness in the future. Graduates majoring in Engineering receive a Bachelor of Science degree.

Outstanding and highly motivated students may participate in special opportunities for independent study, summer laboratory research, internships, and other enhancements. Upper-level students may become involved in research projects in faculty laboratories. Interested students should discuss these options with their faculty mentor and seek approval from the Dean of Engineering.

Students declaring a major in Engineering are assigned a faculty mentor from the department; students meet with that professor to design a program of study, determine course selections, and discuss career goals. Depending on the student's interest and chosen program of study, up to two additional technical electives may be selected as free electives in the curriculum.


22.5 courses, (90 credits) distributed as follows:

  • 4 Foundations of Science:
    • Foundations of Science 1: Energy and Matter (SCIEN-UH 1101:1103);
    • Foundations of Science 2: Forces and Interactions (SCIEN-UH 1201:1203);
    • Foundations of Science 3: Systems in Flux (SCIEN-UH 1301:1304);
    • Foundations of Science 4: Form and Function (SCIEN-UH 1401:1404)
  • 4 Mathematics courses:
    • ENGR-UH 2025 Fundamentals of Discrete Math (half course);
    • ENGR-UH 2010 Probability and Statistics for Engineers (half course);
    • MATH-UH 1012 Calculus with Applications: Science and Engineering;
    • MATH-UH 1020 Multivariable Calculus: Science and Engineering;
    • MATH-UH 1023 Fundamentals of Linear Algebra (half course);
    • MATH-UH 1024 Fundamentals of Ordinary Differential Equations (half course)

  • 4 Engineering Common Courses:
    • ENGR-UH 1000 Computer Programming for Engineers;
    • ENGR-UH 1021J Design and Innovation (half course);
    • ENGR-UH 2011 Engineering Statics (half course);
    • ENGR-UH 2012 Conservation Laws in Engineering (half course);
    • ENGR-UH 2013 Digital Logic (half course);
    • ENGR-UH 2017 Numerical Methods (half course);
    • ENGR-UH 2019 Circuits Fundamentals (half course)
  • 1.5 Track-specific required and elective courses (6 credits)
  • 7 Engineering electives

  • 2 Capstone
    • ENGR-UH 4010 (half course), 4011 (half course), and 4020 Capstone Seminar and Design Project