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A Message From Interim Dean Richard H. Heist

Richard H. HeistIt is an honor to be named interim dean of Fairfield University’s School of Engineering, where the commitment to develop today’s bright, inquisitive students into tomorrow’s successful engineering leaders is firmly grounded in the Jesuit educational tradition.

The School of Engineering’s combination of rigorous academics, hands-on experiential laboratory and project work, and its values-based learning is delivered through one-on-one interaction and close collaboration with dedicated faculty, professional mentors, and like-minded peers. This engaging, interactive approach equips our graduates with the technical skills, practical knowledge, and the necessary confidence to tackle the engineering challenges of the world creatively and ethically.

Thanks to Fairfield’s hallmark liberal arts core, School of Engineering students also gain competencies in communication, social responsibility, and critical thinking – important complements to the technical and practical curricula of our engineering programs.

Take a look around our School of Engineering website, and see for yourself how a Fairfield University engineering degree could prepare you to live an inspired life as an engineering professional. On behalf of the entire School of Engineering faculty, staff, and administration, I extend to you a warm welcome!

--Richard H. Heist, Ph.D.

ABET Accreditation

Four of the School of Engineering's Bachelor of Science (BS) programs at Fairfield University are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

About ABET:
ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET accredits over 3,400 programs at nearly 700 colleges and universities in 28 countries. ABET provides specialized, programmatic accreditation that evaluates an individual program of study, rather than evaluating an institution as a whole.

ABET accreditation, which is voluntary and achieved through a peer review process, provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which the program prepares its students.

The ABET Program Educational Objectives of the BS engineering programs at Fairfield University are listed on the individual program pages.

Assessment of student learning outcomes at the course level and student outcomes at the program level using both indirect and direct assessment methodologies is coupled with the evaluation of accomplishment of metric thresholds and used for continuous program improvement.

Meet The Faculty

In the School of Engineering, our dedicated faculty are a community of leading-edge scholars who love to teach.

History & Overview Of The School Of Engineering

Headquartered in Bannow Science Center, the School of Engineering has laboratory and instructional facilities in this building as well as specialized laboratories and project implementation space in McAuliffe Hall, the "historic home" of the School of Engineering on Fairfield University.

The Fairfield School of Engineering is the continuation of the Bridgeport Engineering Institute after a merger in 1994 resulted in the formation of the BEI School of Engineering at Fairfield University. The Bridgeport Engineering Institute was founded in 1924 with the mission of delivering quality engineering education to the citizens of southern Connecticut. The presently named "School of Engineering" at Fairfield University has grown from the original Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering programs in 1994 to its current accredited bachelor of science degrees in Computer, Electrical, Mechanical and Software Engineering along with one unaccredited bachelor's degree in Automated Manufacturing Engineering. Dual BS/MS degrees now exist in Software as well as Electrical and Computer Engineering with Mechanical Engineering anticipated in 2014. An additional Masters Degree in Management of Technology is also administered through the school.

Vision & Mission Statement


As an integral component of a comprehensive Jesuit university, the School of Engineering is committed to providing a student-oriented classroom and laboratory environment enhanced by research that enables graduates to become leaders in the quest to solve society's greatest challenges in service to others.


The Fairfield University School of Engineering is dedicated to providing quality educational opportunities in engineering and computer science to a diverse student population. The School emphasizes whole-person development (cura personalis) through its commitment to a unique integration of expertise in innovative technical areas with a strong liberal arts core preparing graduates well for professional practice and graduate education.

Outcomes Assessment

The School of Engineering (SOE) has established both qualitative and quantitative instruments to assess outcomes of educational processes implemented in the School in support of the educational objectives of its undergraduate and graduate programs. Data on outcomes is collected on a continuous basis and evaluated to guide program improvements.

SOE undergraduate programs have the following documented student outcomes that prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) an ability to communicate effectively
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. 

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