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The Master of Science in Assistive Technology Engineering (ATE) prepares computer scientists and engineers for rewarding careers in the creation and production of intelligent devices and software for use by the aged, those with special needs and the general public.
By current estimates, more than 4,000 assistive technologies have been designed for the nation's rapidly growing populations of senior citizens and persons with disabilities. Advances in microelectronics are making many familiar assistive devices increasingly "smart."
Offered in collaboration with CSUN's College of Engineering and Computer Science, this program is taught by CSUN faculty together with disabilities and human services experts from CSUN's world-renowned Center on Disabilities.
The two-year, 11-course program features classes held only one evening per week, plus an occasional Saturday daytime meeting. The program is taught in the cohort format, which maximizes interaction with faculty and fosters networking relationships with fellow participants.
Because the nation's expanding population of older adults is accompanied by a growing burden of disability, the U.S Department of Labor predicts long-term growth in the areas of assistive, adaptive and access technologies. Computer scientists and engineers with training as creators of assistive devices and related software can benefit from this trend, in terms of career satisfaction and income. According to a study, mechanical engineers with advanced degrees earn a nine percent premium over the nation's average hourly wage of $40.43 for the profession.*
The Tseng College supports the CSUN International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference, which CSUN has hosted for the past three decades.
*Source: "Which Majors Pay Best," Wall Street Journal, April 17, 2012