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Engineering a Better World

Where do students in Penn’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (PennEWB) spend much of their free time?

In Terreritos, Honduras — working to build and maintain a sustainable water supply that the isolated farming village desperately needs.

At Philadelphia’s Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences — providing an after-school program to help Saul students build a fully functional methane biodigester to convert livestock manure into methane fuel for cooking and heating.

On campus — helping to organize outreach activities that focus on sustainable development from both an engineering and a cultural perspective as well as hands-on field work.

Read more about EWB…

Why Penn Engineering?

Penn Engineering is unlike any other school of engineering. And exactly what you would expect to find at Penn. Traditionally untraditional. Linking theory with real-world practice. At the fore in providing what is arguably the most effective preparation for leadership in a fast-changing world: a rigorous education in engineering and science, grounded in the liberal arts, and surrounded by professional preparation.

At Penn Engineering, you will study with faculty recognized as national and international authorities in their fields, renowned for their pioneering research, who are in demand as consultants and advisors to major corporations and governments worldwide.

Our faculty bring the same passion and intellectual leadership to the classroom. Combine this with curricular content and teaching techniques that are cutting-edge and you have the perfect recipe for a transformative education. Your classroom and lab experiences will have a common denominator: teachers who challenge you through a problem-solving, discovery-oriented approach to learning.

Capping your Penn Engineering experience will be a year-long Senior Design project in which you design a new approach to a real-world problem. And as so many of our students have done, you may even get published or win a national award in the process.

You won't be just another face in the crowd. Our engineering classes are small: twenty to thirty students on average. No huge lecture halls jammed with anonymous undergraduates. Our students and faculty really get to know one another.

No barriers here. Choose from hundreds of courses in the College and The Wharton School. Explore the connections between engineering and fields such as medicine, business, and science. Learn how to see the big picture and ask the all-important how, why, and what if questions.

On Penn's campus, you will have world-class museums, performing arts centers, art galleries, athletic facilities, and more. A campus that is a real neighborhood with inviting plazas, bookstores, outdoor cafes, movie theaters, retail shops, even a supermarket. A campus only minutes away from Center City, Philadelphia's lively downtown.

THINK LOCATION. At Penn Engineering you will be part of a small school with all the advantages of a premier Ivy League university. Twelve graduate and professional schools, fifty research centers, some one hundred institutes, and a major health-care complex: all within easy walking distance on Penn’s beautiful compact urban campus.

Create the Future!

Engineering and technology are transforming our world at lightning speed. New ideas, new fields, new applications are changing the very fabric of our public and private lives. The next generation of engineers will need more than technical knowledge. They will need the conceptual and analytical foundations that last a life time, and the power to learn new paradigms and new technologies.

Penn Engineering's innovative curriculum provides this foundation as well as a practical understanding of today's most important technologies. Only a forward looking school of engineering such as ours can provide this kind of education. We are an exciting community of innovators; Pioneers in interdisciplinary education and research; Intellectual entrepreneurs. And from our interconnections with people and programs across campus, city, and the world come tomorrow’s technologies and tomorrow’s leaders, ideally prepared for tomorrow’s high-tech world.

It's the reason why students who want more than a standard engineering degree choose Penn Engineering, where paths to the future are shaped. Start here to invent the future!

Ready to Get Started?

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