At Lafayette, we view engineers as more than “problem solvers” and people who “build things.” We believe the goal of engineering has a higher purpose, to improve peoples’ lives and make the world better for its inhabitants. This requires an education that goes beyond the traditional technical skillset to foster a mindset that enables students to see today’s challenges as opportunities. By combining an outstanding technical education with a well-rounded perspective of the humanistic, social, artistic, and global elements of modern problems, Lafayette’s distinctive blend of engineering and liberal arts reinforces our people-centered approach.
Throughout our 150-year history Lafayette Engineering has remained a leader in engineering education, and today we are investing in every aspect of our engineering programs to further our commitment to educating the whole student. Over the last few years we have raised more than $25M for engineering programs and students specifically and the results have manifested on every front.
Our efforts to promote diversity and create an inclusive environment where all feel encouraged to learn and thrive, for example, have resulted in engineering programs now consisting of nearly 40% women and 25% from traditionally underrepresented groups. Our students continue to win major national research awards and inter-collegiate competitions, such as our steel bridge team which placed first among all U.S. engineering programs in a recent competition. US News and World Report has consistently ranked Lafayette Engineering among the top 15 undergraduate engineering programs, most recently ranking Lafayette 12th nationally. And our presence on campus is growing as we expand and improve the Acopian Engineering Center.
As director of the Engineering Division I am committed to continuing this investment in our students and our engineering programs. We seek to inspire our students to take on today’s challenges from a broad perspective and develop solutions that make everyday living easier, more accessible, and more sustainable. Whatever your personal aspirations, Lafayette Engineering can help you achieve them.
All the best,
William Jeffers Director of the Engineering Division & Professor