About the McKelvey School of Engineering

Aaron F. Bobick
Aaron F. Bobick
Dean & James M. McKelvey Professor
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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.


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What Lies Ahead

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.



  • 1,363 undergraduate students
  • 625 full-time master’s students
  • 258 part-time master’s students
  • 431 PhD students

By the numbers

  • 27% of undergraduate varsity athletes are Engineering majors
  • 95% of BS graduates secured opportunities within 6 months of graduation
  • 10:1 undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio
  • 17% of undergraduate students come from underrepresented backgrounds
  • Engineering students come from 42 states, the District of Columbia and 37 countries
Enrollment Data

About WashU Engineering

98
TENURED/TENURE-TRACK FACULTY
21K+
ENGINEERING ALUMNI
$27.6M
TOTAL RESEARCH AWARDS (FY 2018)


History of Engineering at WashU

1853

old photo of Brookings HallWashington University founded.

1857

The School of Engineering & Applied Science is inaugurated as the scientific department of the University.

1870-1896

Calvin M. WoodwardCalvin M. Woodward serves as first dean. Woodward played a key role in developing engineering into a major academic division.

1896-1901

Edmund A. EnglerEdmund A. Engler serves as dean.

1902

WashU campus in 1910 The School of Engineering becomes the School of Engineering & Architecture; the School was separately organized in 1910.

1901-1910

Calvin Woodward Calvin M. Woodward serves as dean. This was Woodward’s second deanship.

1910-1920

Alexander Langsdorf Alexander S. Langsdorf serves as dean.

1920-1928

Walter E. McCourt Walter E. McCourt serves as dean.

1928-1948

Alexander Langsdorf Alexander S. Langsdorf serves as dean again, after working in industry for six years.

1948

Sever Hall The Sever Institute of Technology (Engineering graduate school) is founded as Sever Hall opens on the Hilltop Campus (now Danforth Campus).

1948-1954

Lawrence E. Stout Lawrence E. Stout serves as dean. He was influential in plans for collaborative research efforts between the School and industry.

1954-1964

Donald A. Fisher 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.

1959

Urbauer HallUrbauer Hall is completed.

1964

To help practicing engineers stay current with the profession through specialized courses, seminars and conferences; The Institute for Continuing Studies was founded.

1964

Laboratory Instrument ComputerJerome 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.

1964-1991

James M. McKelvey James M. McKelvey serves as dean.

1965

Bryan HallBryan Hall completed.

1973

The Dual Degree Program is established with a select group of colleges.

1981

Lopata HallLopata Hall is completed.

1990

Jolley HallJolley Hall is completed.

1991-2006

Christopher I. Byrnes Christopher I. Byrnes serves as dean.

1993

UMSL Campus Partnership with the University of Missouri-St. Louis is established to offer evening classes.

1997

inside Whitaker Hall The Department of Biomedical Engineering is founded.

2002

Whitaker hallWhitaker Hall is completed.

2003

The Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering and the Department of Computer Science & Engineering are formed following mergers.

2006-2008

Mary J. Sansalone Mary J. Sansalone serves as the school’s ninth dean.

2006

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.

2007

McKelvey ScholarsInspired 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.

2008

Salvatore P. Sutera Salvatore P. Sutera serves as interim dean.

2010

The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Structural Engineering becomes the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science.

2010-2015

Ralph S. Quatrano Ralph S. Quatrano serves as dean.

2010

Brauer HallBrauer Hall completed.

2011

Green HallGreen Hall completed.

2014

W.E. MoernerW.E. Moerner (EN ’75) wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

2015

Aaron BobickAaron F. Bobick named dean.

2016

National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Engineering MechanoBiology (CEMB) is formed to investigate biology’s mechanics.

2019

James McKelvey Jr.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.

                   
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