At the School of Engineering at The Catholic University of America, we prepare our students to be ethical and service-focused critical thinkers, drivers of engineering innovation, and future leaders.

  • We pride ourselves on being a small, private, Catholic engineering school with a personal touch, thanks to our dedication to teaching, our small class sizes, low student-to-teacher ratio, and close interaction between faculty and students. All full-time faculty members hold doctoral degrees and are prolific in funded research and publications.
  • Catholic University Engineering is known nationally and internationally as a high-quality research institution with proven record of leadership and accomplishment in a variety of research areas. 
  • The school is recognized locally and internationally for the quality and relevance of its professional programs. 
  • In 2016, the School of Engineering at Catholic University was one of the first schools in the nation to be approved by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) as a NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) School. Ours is the only GCSP school in the Washington Metropolitan area.

Catholic University's School of Engineering is distinguished by its teaching and research excellence, ethical character development, emphasis on service, and location in the capital of the United States of America.

  • Excellence

    We have a rich history and culture of engineering excellence that is fueled by our passion for teaching, research, service, and innovation.  Our faculty, staff, and students have a passion for changing the world, expanding human knowledge, and sharing technical expertise to develop tomorrow’s technology for the benefit of all humanity. Our faculty and students are active in externally funded research, sponsored by industry partners, private foundations, and government agencies such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, NASA, and various Department of Defense organizations. We have embarked on cutting-edge programs, including a new initiative on Climate Change inspired by Pope Francis’s Encyclical Letter “Laudato Sí”, and participation in the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges Scholars Program, which will prepare our top Catholic University engineers to lead our country through the development of innovative technologies. In our quest to change the world, we partner with universities around the world to enhance global awareness in our students while fostering an invaluable international exchange in research.

  • Ethical Character Development

    Our faculty and staff believe that it is important to develop each student’s ethical character while providing a strong engineering education. We strive to enrich the character of our students with ethical and moral values which include honesty, integrity, prudence, justice, love, care, and compassion, respect for human dignity, service, forgiveness, peace, and environmental stewardship. Our educators strive to be role models for our students, and expect them to be role models for others throughout their careers. Courses in fundamentals such as mathematics, science, engineering theory, hands-on engineering laboratory and design courses are combined with a strong liberal arts base with courses in philosophy, theology, and ethics rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition.

  • Caring Service

    Our students care for one another and for others less fortunate – we foster an academic culture of collaboration and cooperation rather than competition, and promote service to others within the school and University, in the community, and around the world. Capstone design projects integrate topics addressed throughout undergraduate studies in engineering, and allow students to work collaboratively in teams to design solutions to improve life for others. Students engage in and lead local and international service opportunities, including Engineers Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, mission trips organized by Campus Ministry, and countless other ways.

  • Location in the Nation's Capitol

    Our graduate and undergraduate programs and our faculty research capitalize on our location in Washington, D.C., and our many connections across the region and around the globe. Through our connections and affiliations with industry, government, and non-profit organizations, we help shape the technological and scientific agenda of the future in our nation’s capital. Our students and faculty have a global focus, sharing cultures and ideas from throughout the world, and engineering solutions to problems affecting all humanity.  We make connections for our students to support their career goals through internships and career placement, professional development and advancement, and research collaborations and opportunities.


Discover why our students and recent alumni chose to join our community and why our professors love teaching here!

  • The opportunities to grow in my faith and knowledge

    Pauline Oteyza is a Biomedical Engineering student from Waldorf, MD. She shares why she chose to attend Catholic University and the School of Engineering, and what advice she has for prospective students.

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  • Opportunities for academic and career growth

    Louis Nwuha is a Biomedical Engineering major from Bowie, MD. Louis shares why he chose to attend Catholic University and the School of Engineering, and what advice he has for prospective students.

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  • D.C. location and green spaces on campus

    Nick DeLucia is a Mechanical Engineering major with an Aerospace Concentration. He's from Mansfield, MA. Nick shares why he chose to attend Catholic University and the School of Engineering, and what advice he has for prospective students.

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  • Faith, reason, and relationships with professors

    Emily Bowman is a Mechanical Engineering major with an Aerospace Concentration. She's from Framingham, MA. Emily shares why she chose to attend Catholic University and the School of Engineering, and what advice she has for prospective students.

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  • Washington, D.C. and internship opportunities

    Laney Schulz is a Biomedical Engineering major from Hanover Township, PA. She shares why she chose to attend Catholic University and the School of Engineering, and what advice she has for prospective students.

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  • Challenged to grow academically, socially, and spiritually

    Meghan Murray is a Biomedical Engineering major from Long Island, NY. She shares why she chose to attend Catholic University and the School of Engineering, and what advice she has for prospective students.

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  • Boundless opportunities in Washington, D.C.

    Julia Schlottmann, Catholic '22, is an Architecture and Civil Engineering Dual Degree graduate from Poughkeepsie, NY. She shares why she chose to attend Catholic University and the School of Engineering, and what advice she has for prospective students.

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  • Faith life, community, and academic programs

    Madison Hughes is a Biomedical Engineering major from Carmel, NY. She shares why she chose to attend Catholic University and the School of Engineering, and what advice she has for prospective students.

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  • Catholic identity, engineering programs, and ROTC

    Stephen Cypher, Catholic '21, is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from Leesburg, VA. Stephen shares why he chose to attend Catholic University and the School of Engineering, and what advice he has for prospective students.

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  • Engaging faculty and experiential learning

    Michael Tyszko is a Civil Engineering major from Kinnelon, NJ. He shares why he chose to attend Catholic University and the School of Engineering, and what advice he has for prospective students.

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  • To gain the skills to impact someone else's life

    Maria Hargrave is a Biomedical Engineering major from Baton Rouge, LA. Maria shares why she chose to attend Catholic University and the School of Engineering, and what advice she has for prospective students.

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  • Opportunities, D.C. location, student-to-faculty ratio, and the green campus

    Chloe Lockwood is a dual degree Civil Engineering and Architecture student from Charlottesville, VA. Chloe shares why she chose to attend Catholic University and the School of Engineering, and what advice she has for prospective students.

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  • D.C. location and green spaces on campus

    Robert Lemanski is a Mechanical Engineering major with an Aerospace Concentration and a Computer Science minor. He's from Clifton, NJ. Robert shares why he chose to attend Catholic University and the School of Engineering, and what advice he has for prospective students.

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