Engineering

Overview

Technology is ubiquitous and ever-expanding, allowing for giant strides to be made in the mitigation of disease, hunger, economic hardship, and conflict. And yet these threats to human welfare are still far too prevalent. Society is thus in need of well-formed and educated engineers who are ready to address and, hopefully one day, solve them.

Motivated by compassion and care for our neighbors, Notre Dame’s College of Engineering is working to build a peaceful, healthy, sustainable world in a complex, global environment. This effort starts with the groundbreaking research conducted by its faculty and extends into the classrooms and labs where these scholars are molding students who will go on to make major contributions in their fields.

To equip our students with the necessary skill set to be a true force for good in the world, the College of Engineering recognizes that it must strive to be unsurpassed in its commitments to undergraduate and graduate programs while delivering a distinctive and excellent engineering education rooted in the University’s Catholic tradition and ideals. For instance, students have the opportunity to work alongside faculty as they develop and commercialize cutting-edge technologies that tackle society’s great challenges in energy, water and other natural resources, sustainability, security, human health, and economic development, among other areas.

As a result, Notre Dame engineering students have never been better prepared to impact the world, and the college’s programs continue to evolve to enable this to a greater and greater degree.

Perhaps the most important skill students develop from their professors, however, is a vision for a future in which access to all aspects of modernity will allow persons everywhere to pursue better lives.

Motivated by compassion and care for our neighbors, Notre Dame’s College of Engineering is working to build a peaceful, healthy, sustainable world in a complex, global environment.

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Goals

Engineering has identified four overarching goals as part of its strategic planning process, each of which advances two or more of the five University-wide goals:

1. Focus research efforts on areas of highest societal need and academic impact

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University Goals Supported

  • Goal I: Ensure that our Catholic character informs all our endeavors
  • Goal III: Advance human understanding through scholarship, research, and post-baccalaureate programs that seek to heal, unify, and enlighten

Strategies

  1. Direct new hiring and efforts to increase cross-disciplinary team-building in areas of strength such as nano devices and materials, microscale diagnostics and therapeutics, sustainable energy, computation, simulation and data science, aeronautics, novel materials, and novel approaches to sustainable infrastructure
  2. Increase the efficiency, productivity, and impact of high-performing faculty by obtaining funds for graduate fellowships, upgraded and expanded research space, and research support personnel  
  3. Foster inter- and intra-college collaborations with researchers in biomedical engineering and engage with science researchers investigating cancer, infectious diseases, and fundamental issues of molecular and cell biology
  4. Develop and enhance our Ph.D. programs and design and launch new MS and/or Ph.D. interdisciplinary programs in the areas of computational sciences and engineering, data science and analytics, and materials science

2. Form and educate engineering leaders of unsurpassed ability

Paul Bohn

University Goals Supported

  • Goal I: Ensure that our Catholic character informs all our endeavors
  • Goal II: Offer an unsurpassed undergraduate education that nurtures the formation of mind, body, and spirit
  • Goal III: Advance human understanding through scholarship, research, and post-baccalaureate programs that seek to heal, unify, and enlighten

Strategies

  1. Increase the flexibility of the college’s degree programs—perhaps with novel use of asynchronous electronic course delivery—so as to allow more students to access educational programs within or outside engineering, to participate in international study, to conduct service in the local community and abroad, and to intensify their research experiences or in-semester industrial involvement
  2. Provide numerous cross-disciplinary experiential learning environments for students, ranging from labs and classrooms devoted to computational science and engineering to a learning studio for hydrology and fluid mechanics, a design studio and rapid prototyping space, and an engineering life sciences learning laboratory
  3. Establish endowed positions that will be used to hire experienced and/or senior practitioners as teaching faculty to increase the college’s instructional capacity and to create or adapt programs to teach essential engineering skills in design, management and leadership, finance, and entrepreneurship
  4. Develop programs, in partnership with other campus units, that better integrate education in the humanities and social sciences to illustrate how science and technology intertwine with societal issues and to enhance students’ abilities as effective communicators
  5. Establish endowed undergraduate research programs to enhance students' learning experience and inspire them to achieve higher goals in the development of skills, mind, and soul.
  6. Facilitate the engagement of all Ph.D. students in professional development, including activities focused on teaching skills, technology commercialization strategies, industrial interactions, and/or activities that seek funding as appropriate to their interests 

3. Develop innovative and effective opportunities beyond the Notre Dame classroom for all students

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University Goals Supported

  • Goal I: Ensure that our Catholic character informs all our endeavors
  • Goal II: Offer an unsurpassed undergraduate education that nurtures the formation of mind, body, and spirit
  • Goal III: Advance human understanding through scholarship, research, and post-baccalaureate programs that seek to heal, unify, and enlighten
  • Goal V: Engage in external collaborations that extend and deepen Notre Dame’s impact

Strategies

  1. Establish an international study option in Singapore; explore other potential new study abroad locations for engineers, such as Hong Kong; and expand participation in existing programs in Chile, Spain, Italy, China, Brazil, Australia, and the United Kingdom
  2. Initiate an exchange relationship with three to five schools that serve underrepresented minority students in the southwestern United States and identify additional opportunities throughout the United States
  3. Enhance students’ development as engaged learners, researchers, and citizens by fostering community-based opportunities that deepen their sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good, in particular to improve K-12 education systems and economic development in our local community
  4. Develop and sustain an effective internal infrastructure to support and coordinate academic community engagement, including plans for internal and external communication

4. Drive economic impact through technical innovation

Will Mcleod

University Goals Supported

  • Goal I: Ensure that our Catholic character informs all our endeavors
  • Goal II: Offer an unsurpassed undergraduate education that nurtures the formation of mind, body, and spirit
  • Goal III: Advance human understanding through scholarship, research, and post-baccalaureate programs that seek to heal, unify, and enlighten
  • Goal V: Engage in external collaborations that extend and deepen Notre Dame’s impact

Strategies

  1. Provide incentives for faculty and student inventors and founders
  2. Create more effective and sustainable linkages between ESTEEM (the Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Master’s Program) and MSPL (the master of science in patent law) with ongoing research activities in the college and with community engagement in the region
  3. Raise funds for faculty commercialization sabbaticals
  4. Partner with South Bend and the state of Indiana on specific job creation activities in areas of Notre Dame research strength

Learn more about the College of Engineering by visiting engineering.nd.edu.