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About the School of E​ngineerin​​g & Applied Science​

Aaron F. Bobick
Aaron F. Bobick
Dean & James M. McKelvey Professor
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The mission of the School of Engineering & Applied Science 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.

Academic Departments

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.


1292 undergraduates, 763 masters, and 394 phd students

By the numbers

  • 426 students received scholarship and fellowship support in FY 2017
  • 27% of undergraduate varsity athletes are Engineering majors
  • 96% of BS graduates secured opportunities within 6 months of graduation
  • 10:1 undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio
  • 14% 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

94
TENURED/TENURE-TRACK FACULTY
21K+
ENGINEERING ALUMNI
$36M
TOTAL RESEARCH AWARDS (FY 2017)


History of Engineering at WashU

1853

Washington University founded.

1857

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

1870-1896

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

1896-1901

Edmund A. Engler serves as dean.

1902

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

1901-1910

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

1910-1920

Alexander S. Langsdorf serves as dean.

1920-1928

Walter E. McCourt serves as dean.

1928-1948

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

1948

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

1954-1964

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 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

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.

1964-1991

James M. McKelvey serves as dean.

1965

Bryan Hall completed.

1973

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

1981

Lopata Hall is completed.

1990

Jolley Hall is completed.

1991-2006

Christopher I. Byrnes serves as dean.

1993

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

1997

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is founded.

2002

Whitaker 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 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

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.

2008

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 serves as dean.

2010

Brauer Hall completed.

2011

Green Hall completed.

2014

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

2015

Aaron F. Bobick named dean.

2016

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

                   
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