Dean's Welcome

Engineers thrive on solving problems. They take on some of humanity’s greatest challenges and provide real-world solutions, use cutting-edge technology and invent the technologies of tomorrow to advance the greater good for humankind.

When you come to the VCU College of Engineering, you’ll be joining a group of faculty teachers, researchers and other students who thrive on these challenges. Because our college was founded on public-private partnerships, it allows for government organizations and major industries to bring their challenges to our doors. VCU Engineering will respond with bright, eager minds and expert faculty ready to work on solutions.

VCU Engineering is one of a handful of universities nationwide, and the only school in Virginia, in the prestigious Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Consortium. VIP@VCU provides undergraduate engineering students opportunities to work with graduate students and faculty on innovative, large-scale, multi-year research projects. VCU’s robust co-op and internship programs provide students paid engineering experience and expanding professional networks - while they are still in school.

VCU’s motto is “Make it Real.” The VCU College of Engineering likes to personalize that by saying “Engineers Make it Real,” and we are doing that every day, by involving students early in hands-on research and experiential learning experiences that make a difference in the real world.

Come experience the VCU difference in person. You’ll interact with students from a wide diversity of backgrounds. You’ll meet faculty members with international reputations and a love for student-centered learning. And you’ll thrive on the energy of a cutting-edge engineering program that is part of a vibrant, art-filled and culturally rich capital city.

What will you make real here? Come visit and find out. 

Go Rams!


Gary C. Tepper, Ph.D.
Interim Dean
VCU College of Engineering