The mission of the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis is to promote independent inquiry in engineering research and education with an emphasis on scientific excellence, innovation and collaboration without boundaries.
WashU Engineers produce new knowledge that changes the world, and our faculty are educating students to explore and create in a world we cannot yet imagine. Through research and education, we are making a positive impact on the local community, the country and the world.
As an engineering school, we need to adapt to the changing environment and to prepare our students to explore, create, and succeed in a world we cannot yet imagine. To address these needs, we have embarked on a five-year strategic plan that draws on our existing strengths to prepare students for the challenges ahead. Among the steps we’ve taken are launching new interdisciplinary programs in highly relevant areas including imaging sciences, data sciences, materials science, cybersecurity and combined programs with math and business. With a 3,350 square-foot makerspace as well as classroom and study space under construction, we’re ensuring we provide everything our students need to succeed.
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.
The School of Engineering & Applied Science will be renamed the James McKelvey School of Engineering in honor of trustee and distinguished alumnus Jim McKelvey Jr., who has made an unprecedented and transformative investment in the school.