Vision & Mission Statement
2013/2014 will be a year of transition for the Fairfield University School Engineering (SOE). SOE will:
- create new space: classrooms, laboratories, and offices, in the Bannow Science Center,
- develop new faculty, and increase our student population as we grow and reinvigorate our programs,
- initiate a process of strategic planning starting with a consideration of the grand challenges of society: energy, security, clean water, health informatics, joy of living, innovative applications, and needs of the developing world,
- look at larger innovative answers that engineering can provide for society needs,
- develop a strategic focus that builds on the current SOE fundamental strengths as well as the value added by Fairfield University’s undergraduate Jesuit liberal arts core,
- develop new scholarships, equipment, endowments, and base funding to accomplish our planned endeavors, and
- reach out to industrial professional constituents as partners for guidance yielding years of future opportunities.
In support of the goals for higher education expressed by the National Academy of Engineering we will:
- seek to enhance student interest in engineering through a student centered approach,
- seek to increase the visibility of the importance of engineering in society, and
- search for future collaborations between scientists, engineers, policy makers, and researchers in business, social sciences and humanities to solve complex societal issues.
The mission of Fairfield's engineering program is to graduate liberally educated engineers equipped with knowledge and experiential skills so they may successfully enter the mainstream of industrial/manufacturing activity, education, or government service, or to continue with postgraduate studies. To that end, the School of Engineering:
- continually improves the quality and currency of its instructional programs and monitors their outcome,
- equips engineering laboratories with modern and versatile equipment and software applications,
- provides support services - advising, self-paced learning, tutorials - as needed by engineering students,
- maintains a close working relationship with industry to better know its needs and identify new opportunities to serve it,
- maintains a close relationship with practitioners of the engineering disciplines to gain input in program development and outcomes assessment,
- maintains small-size engineering classes so that rigorous instructor-to-student and student-to-student interactions are an integral part of the pedagogy, and
- employs a teaching methodology that is centered on active student learning.