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Message from the Dean

I’m so excited to start a new school year with you, and this promises to be our best year yet. Let me brag for a moment about how your hard work and commitment during the last few years has helped elevate UD Engineering.

We are welcoming our largest incoming class ever – more than 700 first-year undergraduate students will join our community as well as 10 new faculty.

Innovation and research are core to our mission here in the college. Our research expenditures have grown every year over the past four years to an estimated $110 million this year. The good news doesn’t end there. We’re also introducing a new cybersecurity engineering bachelor’s degree, one of a few in the nation.

As we get back into the full swing of a new school year, I encourage you to take the time to celebrate your accomplishments and prioritize your well-being, as well. We’ve been through some truly challenging times over the past two years, learning many lessons along the way about how we can do things differently for the benefit of us all.

Did I say I was excited to start a new school year? Let me say it again. We head into this fall semester in a great position to excel in the classroom, lab, office and beyond.

I look forward to seeing what we can all accomplish together!

Levi T. Thompson
Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professor of Chemical Engineering

Dean Levi Thompson

Levi T. Thompson, Dean

Tradition of Excellence

The University of Delaware (UD) has a tradition of excellence, from the founding of Alison’s academy in 1743 to our research-intensive, technologically advanced institution of today. UD offers a broad range of degree programs in its ten colleges.

The College of Engineering is home to seven academic departments devoted to building a community of problem-solvers focused on challenges associated with sustainability, energy, health care and the environment.

Our internationally recognized faculty includes named professors, National Academy of Engineering members, NSF and DOD faculty career and young investigator award winners, and University teaching award recipients. World-renowned initiatives led by college faculty include college-based research centers and university-based research centers and institutes, all of which provide a fertile training ground for future engineers. This research takes place in modern innovation spaces, such as the Patrick T. Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (Harker Lab), which houses 200,000 sq. ft. of research and teaching space, including the UD Nanofabrication Facility. Additionally, the University’s Science, Technology, and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus expands university-based research and shared research undertaken with corporate partners.

Our students also learn in real-world settings through internships and co-op programs. Student organizations such as Engineers Without Borders give students an opportunity to address engineering challenges in developing countries.

Strategic partnerships with industry, government and academic institutions complement these initiatives, expanding the college’s reach and cultivating a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration, leadership and entrepreneurship among future engineers. Our graduates are leaders in academia and industry alike.