Eduardo D. Glandt
Susan B. Davidson
Director of Academic Affairs
Joseph S. Sun
Director of Faculty Advising
John D. Keenan
Associate Director for Admissions and Advising
Ellen M. Eckert
Associate Director for Student Affairs and Advising
Associate Director for Student and Administrative Services
Daniel A. Hammer
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
John M. Vohs
Computer and Information Science
Electrical and Systems Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Peter K. Davies
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES
More than 250 years ago, Benjamin Franklin, founder of the University of Pennsylvania, envisioned an academic institution where classical learning would be united with a sound practical education in the arts and sciences. In Ben’s own words, students ought to receive “everything that is practical and everything that is ornamental.” Today Penn, the oldest university in the nation, is fulfilling that vision by preparing students for a technological world, a world where leadership goes to those who have learned how to combine the practical and the ornamental.
It is very exciting to witness how technology is transforming our times and our lives, no longer on a scale of decades but of years and even months. A successful career through such changing times requires engineering graduates endowed with skills that are applicable to widely different technologies, and that transcend the details of any one job. Such is the result of an education that pays much more attention to the fundamental than to the trendy, to the creative more than to the routine. Engineers must also be firmly educated as responsible citizens, concerned with the impact of their work on society.
Penn Engineering prepares its students for the creation, application, and management of technology through rigorous and up-to-date curricula and teaching methods. Its graduates go on to leadership roles in engineering, technology, and other careers such as business, medicine, and law, for which creativity, rigorous quantitative thinking, effective communication skills, and a strong commitment to human values are essential.
Penn Engineering and the University of Pennsylvania are defining a new type of education. We welcome you to our enterprise; join us as we advance to new frontiers of knowledge and education.
The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers two undergraduate degree programs: the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE), our professional engineering degree, and the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS), an integrative program that combines engineering and technology studies with liberal arts. Through these programs, students develop a broad technical and scientific