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Dean's Message

Jean VanderGheynst, PhD - Dean, College of Engineering

Thank you for your interest in the College of Engineering at UMass Dartmouth, a national research university.  Our mission focuses on three key areas:

  • prepare graduates to meet 21st-century technological challenges and improve the well-being of society
  • create new knowledge in engineering, technology, and computer science
  • engage and develop students to become leaders in their fields through service and scholarship

The College of Engineering is comprised of six departments: Bioengineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer and Information Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics. We offer eight undergraduate degree programs, five concentrations, 11 graduate programs, and 6 accelerated BS-MS programs that serve more than 1,250 undergraduate and 300 graduate students.

Distinguished in their fields of expertise, our faculty are committed to lifelong learning, the integration of research and teaching, and the development of professional engineers who work in multidisciplinary teams. Our students graduate with the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship instilled by their instructors.

The College has made exciting investments in undergraduate education. You will study and learn in state-of-the-art laboratories that include recent renovations in environmental engineering, robotics, and computer clusters that are designed to engage students in hands-on learning and teamwork. We offer excellent advising services to all engineering undergraduates and updated Foundations of Engineering labs for first- and second-year students. Internships, co-ops, and a senior capstone project will provide you with real-world work experiences and career opportunities.

Our high job placement rates and graduate school acceptances demonstrate the value of an engineering degree from UMass Dartmouth. Our graduates are actively recruited by major corporations and U.S. defense companies while our Ph.D. graduates hold faculty positions in national and international universities.

Whether you are a prospective or current undergraduate, family member, or faculty colleague, please feel free to contact us for further information.


Jean S. VanderGheynst
Dean, College of Engineering

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