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Message from the Dean

Through all of the challenges and opportunities we’ve faced over the past year, it’s exciting to know that so many students are getting a fresh start this fall as we begin the 2021-2022 academic year.

Our entire community is thrilled to welcome more than 3,700 College of Engineering students to campus, including nearly 700 new undergraduate students and 200 new graduate students.

As we continue to navigate a global pandemic and a national reckoning with our history of racial and health injustice, UD Engineering has remained dedicated to pursuing knowledge and solutions toward a better future for us all. I am so proud of what we have accomplished throughout these challenging months, and I cannot wait to see what future accomplishments come from our #Hengineers.

While we all settle into new living spaces, classrooms and laboratories, it’s important to remember that UD Engineering is a community of friends, classmates, teachers and advisors who are ready to offer a helping hand. At the same time as we focus on our health and wellness, let’s not forget to dream big and stand tall in the face of any challenges that might come our way.

I look forward to seeing you around campus this semester. Go Blue Hens!

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.