The School of Engineering & Applied Science is ranked among US News & World Report's top 50 Engineering Schools, and focuses intellectual efforts on medicine and health, energy and environment, entrepreneurship and security.
student to faculty ratio
women in the first-year class
of undergraduate students pursue a second major
programs & 1,500 courses offered to undergraduate students at WashU
of undergraduate students engage in research with faculty
million research awards in 2016
of professors are recipients of the National Science Foundation's prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards
Washington University founded.
The School of Engineering & Applied Science is inaugurated as the scientific department of the University.
Calvin M. Woodward serves as first dean. Woodward played a key role in developing engineering into a major academic division.
Edmund A. Engler serves as dean.
The School of Engineering becomes the School of Engineering & Architecture; the School was separately organized in 1910.
Calvin M. Woodward serves as dean. This was Woodward’s second deanship.
Alexander S. Langsdorf serves as dean.
Walter E. McCourt serves as dean.
Alexander S. Langsdorf serves as dean again, after working in industry for six years.
The Sever Institute of Technology (Engineering graduate school) is founded as Sever Hall opens on the Hilltop Campus (now Danforth Campus).
Lawrence E. Stout serves as dean. He was influential in plans for collaborative research efforts between the School and industry.
Donald A. Fisher serves as dean. An expert in patent law, Fisher practiced law in St. Louis before joining the University as an instructor of electronic engineering.
Urbauer Hall is completed.
To help practicing engineers stay current with the profession through specialized courses, seminars and conferences; The Institute for Continuing Studies was founded.
Jerome R. Cox Jr. brought LINC (The Laboratory Instrument Computer) and its development team to WashU from MIT. LINC transformed biomedical research by integrating computer science with medicine, allowing researchers to program data analysis on the fly.
James M. McKelvey serves as dean.
Bryan Hall completed.
The Dual Degree Program is established with a select group of colleges.
Lopata Hall is completed.
Jolley Hall is completed.
Christopher I. Byrnes serves as dean.
Partnership with the University of Missouri-St. Louis is established to offer evening classes.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering is founded.
Whitaker Hall is completed.
The Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering and the Department of Computer Science & Engineering are formed following mergers.
Mary J. Sansalone serves as the school’s ninth dean.
The first of its kind in the U.S., the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering is founded through a merger of the graduate Engineering Environmental Science program and the Department of Chemical Engineering.
Inspired by the legacy of former Dean McKelvey, The McKelvey Undergraduate Research Scholars Program is created for students to work on cutting-edge research projects with faculty from Engineering, Medicine, or the Sciences.
Salvatore P. Sutera serves as interim dean.
The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Structural Engineering becomes the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science.
Ralph S. Quatrano serves as dean.
Brauer Hall completed.
Green Hall completed.
W.E. Moerner (EN ’75) wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Aaron F. Bobick named dean.
National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Engineering MechanoBiology (CEMB) is formed to investigate biology’s mechanics.