Catholic University engineering students are trained with an understanding of problem-solving and design in a global context. Their rigorous technical education is built on a strong liberal arts foundation. We believe that engineers must not only thoroughly master their professional disciplines, but must also be able to contribute thoughtfully and ethically to their communities. We develop engineers who embody this sense of social responsibility in their practice, understanding that the purpose of technological innovation is to improve the quality of life of all people.
Our commitment to excellence in engineering research and education is nearly as old as the University itself. The first wind tunnel on any university campus in the nation was built here in 1901. Throughout the 20th century Catholic engineering faculty have trained leaders in industry, government, and the military, and made major contributions to progress in nuclear technology, satellite communications, acoustics, and aerodynamics. We are carrying those traditions into the 21st century, invigorated by a commitment to agility. With innovative research projects and curricula in areas as diverse as rehabilitation medicine, power electronics, and cybersecurity, Catholic University engineers are ready to respond to changing market demands and evolving national priorities.
The entrepreneurial culture of the School of Engineering guides developing professionals in developing commercially viable technologies with social, environmental, and ethical integrity, reflecting the teachings of the Catholic Church. As a result of Light the Way: The Campaign for Catholic University, the School will meaningfully advance the following priorities:
Center for Engineering and the Environment
The Center for Engineering and the Environment will respond to Pope Francis’ call for “a fresh analysis” of global ecological challenges, developing tools and strategies to protect and restore the Earth we share.
STEM Breakthrough Center
The new Breakthrough Center will support entrepreneurial teams delving deeply into important issues at the intersection of technological opportunity and social need, pushing research and design concepts into practical application.
Center for Ethics and Technology
The new Center for Ethics in Engineering will explore moral and ethical questions surrounding such burgeoning fields as artificial intelligence, the development of autonomous vehicles and systems, and the digital management of personal data.
New Degree and Certificate Programs
By developing new programs that respond to changing engineering workforce needs and emerging technological challenges, the School will enhance its appeal to a new generation of students and extend its regional and national influence on the profession.
Four New Endowed Faculty Research Fellowships
Increased research funding will empower faculty to address ethically complex questions, and to mentor the next generation of engineering researchers.