School of Engineering

A Message from the Dean

The five graduate programs in the School of Engineering – Master of Science degrees in Applied Data Sciences, in Electrical and Computer Engineering, in Management of Technology, in Mechanical Engineering, and in Software Engineering – are driven by the needs of the School's constituencies, the students, and their employers, who establish multifaceted requirements for current knowledge and skills at the workplace.

The Management of Technology program includes courses from the MBA program in the Dolan School of Business. In further response to workplace needs, the School has also instituted pathways to five-year dual-degree BS/MS programs in Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Data Science, and Management of Technology. Finally, the School offers graduate certificate programs, each comprised of a sequence of four courses, to benefit practicing engineers who are in need of specialized knowledge and skills in Data Science and Big Data Technologies, Cyber Security, Network Technology, or Web and Mobile Application Development.

The engineering programs are inherently dynamic and responsive to industry and business. Their capacity to change, and so remain current, originates with the faculty in the School of Engineering who are leading-edge professionals in their areas of expertise, applied research, and in instruction and mentoring. It is also facilitated through on-going close contact and open lines of communication with the industry and business sectors that are the main beneficiaries of the School's Master degree graduates. An increasing number of our programs and courses are offered in the on-line space to better serve our various stakeholders.

Located in Fairfield County, Fairfield University is in the middle of a high-density concentration of hardware and software industries and businesses; nearly 40 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered within 50 miles of the campus. This environment provides opportunities for studies of real-world problems in courses and in the capstone professional project required by the graduate programs, and for advancement and employment of Fairfield graduates. Our various programs offer many opportunities for our students to pursue their special interests and grow professionally and personally.

I am pleased to extend a warm welcome to all who choose to undertake the exciting adventure of graduate education in the School of Engineering at Fairfield University.

Andres Leonardo Carrano, PhD
Dean, School of Engineering

School Overview

The School of Engineering has laboratories, classrooms, administrative offices, and faculty offices in the Rudolph F. Bannow Science Center. The school’s laboratories and classrooms are served by the Fairfield University computer network.

The School continuously assesses evaluates and improves its academic programs and facilities. This process includes identifying the constituencies and stakeholders of the engineering programs, determining which learning goals and program objectives are compatible with the needs of those constituencies, crafting curriculum content, and developing resources to satisfy student learning and development in accord with those needs.

The School of Engineering maintains an appropriate balance of faculty in each discipline within the School, and strives to create an environment conducive to faculty development and consistent with achieving excellence in pedagogy, applied research, and professional advancement. The School also maintains a close working relationship with industry through its Executive Advisory Board and other conduits, to better understand the needs of the engineering workplace, and draws from its network of practitioners in the engineering disciplines for assistance in program development and assessment.

Vision

The School of Engineering will be a recognized leader in modern, experiential-based engineering education and known for innovative, applied research that, together, fosters a student-centered and research-focused educational experience that prepares graduates for successful and rewarding careers in service to others.

Mission

The School of Engineering is dedicated to: (1) Providing transformative educational experiences that prepare our graduates for successful careers; (2) advancing engineering knowledge through applied research; and, (3) supporting the University’s mission of whole-person development (cura personalis) by inculcating into our students the service-to-humanity character of the engineering profession.

Purpose

We believe a strong, experientially based curriculum, supported by faculty with an applied research focus leads to:

  • Enhanced academic reputation.
  • Increased scholarship of students and faculty.
  • Students, imbued with the service-to-humanity character of the engineering profession, prepared to meet the future challenges of a rapidly evolving, technology-based society.

Values

“Our Ethics in Action”

Excellence in all we do

Engagement at every level

Innovation across all disciplines

Diversity and Inclusion in all things

Service to Humanity as a lifelong goal

Character as a foundation of Leadership