The Catholic University of America

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the School of Engineering at The Catholic University of America! We provide our students with an outstanding engineering education while they learn and grow in an environment in which faculty, staff, and fellow students care about one another and about the challenges facing humanity in an ever-more connected and complex world.

The past century has seen a tremendous growth in technology, bringing huge improvements in the human condition but also new problems as our ability to affect one another and our world is magnified by  scientific progress and technical innovation. The School of Engineering is educating tomorrow’s leaders to address the challenges of the 21st century. Our graduates understand not only how to solve technical problems, but how to see those problems in broad context — to think deeply about the moral, ethical, and social issues that relate to technological development, ensuring that the advances we enable serve to benefit humanity. The Catholic University of America School of Engineering cultivates minds that are motivated to place analytical and technical knowledge at the service of others, and create engineering solutions and new ways of thinking for the common good.  Our efforts reflect Pope Francis’ call for sustainable development that honors the dignity of each person and embraces our responsibility to care for one another and for the world that is our common home.

We have a long history of excellence in engineering research and education — the engineering program was established in 1896 and became the School of Engineering in 1930. Our graduates have gone on to leadership positions throughout industry, academia, and government service. Our faculty members conduct research at the forefront of their fields and are internationally known scholars. Students in the School of Engineering take advantage of personal attention from faculty with a passion for sharing their knowledge and preparing students to change the world. We believe in the importance of developing each student as a whole person, integrating engineering fundamentals, professional skills, and ethical and moral development around a liberal arts education built upon the Catholic intellectual tradition. We foster a culture of collaboration and cooperation rather than competition, and promote service to others in the community and around the world. Our location in Washington, D.C. connects our students and faculty with a vast array of opportunities for professional development, research collaboration, cultural exposure, and a global perspective.

The School offers programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels in biomedical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science, as well as professional master's degree programs in engineering management and materials science. Our students come from across the nation and around the world. Our faculty members have funded research activity in a wide variety of engineering specialities, and work hand-in-hand not just with our doctoral students but with master’s students and undergraduates interested in research experience. We offer evening graduate courses to accommodate part-time students who are working professionals, and an expanding array of online course options. At every level, we prepare our students to be ethical and service-focused critical thinkers, drivers of engineering innovation, and future leaders.

I encourage you to learn more about the great programs and opportunities throughout the School of Engineering!

John A. Judge
Dean of Engineering