The Catholic University of America

Message from the Dean of the School of Engineering

Dear friends, alumni and prospective students:

Welcome to the School of Engineering at The Catholic University of America. The essence of engineering is creative design, particularly as it relates to the solution of problems of national or social interest. There has never been a greater demand for engineers and computer scientists than there is today. This is especially true considering the tragic events of September 11, which have highlighted the new challenges of national security - an area in which engineers will certainly play critical roles. Now is the perfect time to consider a future in one of the exciting fields of engineering.

But what does it mean to be a small, private, Catholic engineering school? And what does it mean to be a student here?

The engineering program at CUA was established in 1896, and in 1930 became the School of Engineering. The School of Engineering has a long tradition of excellence. Research conducted at our school has had a significant impact in all key engineering areas in the past several decades, especially in the areas of aerospace and biomedical engineering. The School has over 6,000 alumni, many of whom have assumed high academic positions such as dean or university president, or who are famous researchers in national research laboratories, CEOs or presidents of national and international companies, and heads of government agencies.

Our school is blessed with three ingredients for success, namely quality engineering programs, an environment enriched by the strong ethical foundations of Catholicism, and the great location in our nation's capital. For years, this combination has benefited our students and shaped their minds. Our undergraduate curricula contain a rigorous technical component intertwined with Catholic and liberal art components, which are reflected by mandatory course work in engineering, ethics and religion. Washington D.C. is an exciting city in which to live and study. Home to a number of government agencies, research laboratories and industrial headquarters, the Washington metropolitan area offers excellent opportunities for internships, training, research collaboration and employment.

We pride ourselves on being a small, private, Catholic engineering school with a personal touch. Students can expect close interaction with faculty, small class sizes, a small student-to-teacher ratio and faculty who are dedicated to teaching and research. All members of our full-time faculty hold doctoral degrees and are very active in funded research and publications. Our strong ties with local research institutions such as NASA, NIH and NRL, etc., foster research collaborations and enable our faculty to bring research experience into the classroom. Students are our top priority and thus being a student here ensures full and personal attention. Our main goal is to provide students with all the support they need to succeed.

We offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in biomedical, civil, electrical, mechanical engineering and computer science. We also offer a master's degree in engineering management and materials science. Most of our graduate courses take place in the evening to accommodate part-time graduate students. The school has ample funded research activities in all key engineering research areas. I am pleased that you are interested in our school. Please explore our Web site and contact me or the program chairs if you have any questions.


Charles C. Nguyen, Dean
School of Engineering