Dean's Welcome

More than 250 years ago, America’s first scientist and electrical engineer—Benjamin Franklin—had his best idea: A University that would put knowledge to use in the service of “Mankind, one’s Country, Friends, and Family.” Useful knowledge was a revolutionary idea in Franklin’s day. Colonial colleges concentrated on educating clerics and gentlemen. But Penn was different, and even two centuries ago, was grounded in its idea of joining education and research for a practical purpose. For over 150 years, engineering has been a vibrant and collaborative community of innovation at Penn.

Engineers are transforming our world, and at Penn Engineering, they are building it, looping it, networking it, connecting it with nanowires, and assembling its molecules into new structures. Today, Penn Engineering's world-acclaimed faculty, state-of-the-art research laboratories and highly interdisciplinary curricula offer an experience that is unparalleled. Innovation and technology drive our every program and transform the fundamentals of what future engineers are learning. Our students play a critical role in posing and answering the questions that will improve human health and transform our world. I invite you to investigate the unique synergy that defines Penn Engineering.

Vijay Kumar
Nemirovsky Family Dean

School of Engineering and Applied Science