Dean’s Welcome

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I am frequently asked by prospective students and employers what is so special about a Valpo Engineer. A Valpo engineer is not only technically competent but one who is eager to lead and serve society. In other words, a Valpo Engineer will not only solve the problems facing society today but will also be the engineers leading multidisciplinary design teams, working abroad for global corporations, or starting their own companies.

To prepare students to lead and serve, we have outstanding facilities including the Donald V. Fites Engineering Innovation Center that houses our unique senior design space. The James S. Markiewicz Solar Energy Research Facility, operational since the summer of 2013, puts Valparaiso University on the cutting edge of solar energy research – research is being conducted by both Valpo faculty and undergraduates. All of our facilities provide students with the hands-on education needed to solve the complex problems facing society today.

We also have dedicated faculty who are committed to undergraduate education and are leaders in their respective field. Their scholarly work provides undergraduate research opportunities in areas such as Solar Thermal Chemistry, Quantum Electronics, Bio-mechanics, 3D Visualization, and Geotechnical Engineering. Faculty members teach all of our courses and serve not only as educators but also mentors helping students realize the numerous career possibilities they have once they graduate.

On top of outstanding curricula in each of our programs, students have the opportunity to gain valuable experiences through experiential learning activities such as Engineers without Borders, the Dale Carnegie Course, the Jerry Sanders Creative Design Competition, Robotic Football Competitions, and Innovation Training at Disney Resorts. These activities build leadership and communication skills and help our engineering students become more entrepreneurial and service-oriented. Our students are highly sought after by companies because they are more than technical specialists; they are excellent communicators and strong leaders.

I invite you to spend some time exploring our programs through these web pages to determine your path to becoming a Valpo Engineer.

Dr. Eric W. Johnson
Dean, College of Engineering