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A Message From Interim Dean Richard H. Heist

Richard Heist

It 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

The School of Engineering’s Bachelor of Science (BS) programs in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Software Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

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.

Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Software Engineering

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 Administration And Faculty

The School of Engineering's administration and faculty are a strong community of leading-edge scholars who teach with passion and who are dedicated to their students and research.

History & Overview Of The School Of Engineering

Headquartered in the Rudolph F. Bannow Science Center, the Fairfield University 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 at Fairfield.

The current Fairfield University School of Engineering is a continuation of the Bridgeport Engineering Institute (BEI), after a merger in 1994 resulted in the formation of the BEI School of Engineering at Fairfield University. BEI was founded in 1924 with a mission to deliver quality engineering education to the citizens of southern Connecticut.

The School of Engineering at Fairfield has grown from two original electrical and mechanical engineering programs in 1994 to now include fully accredited undergraduate programs in computer engineering*, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and software engineering* as well as new programs in computer science and bioengineering that are scheduled for their first accreditation visits in 2019-20. A selection of five-year BS/MS programs are available, as well as graduate programs in applied data science, electrical and computer engineering, management of technology, mechanical engineering, and software engineering.

Continuing to adapt to an ever-changing world, the School of Engineering also offers a Software Engineering Certificate Program with specializations in cybersecurity, data science and big data technologies, network technology, and web and mobile application development.

* These two programs will phase out in 2020 and will become part of electrical engineering and computer science, as academic program concentrations.

Fairfield University School Of Engineering Celebrates 25th Anniversary

In 2019, the Fairfield University School of Engineering is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Under the leadership of Dean Richard Heist, PhD, a growing cadre of faculty is pursuing applied research in the cutting-edge areas of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data science, nano/micro materials, advanced simulation and analysis, bioinformatics, and more.

25th Anniversary Logo


Read about the School of Engineering’s 25th Anniversary in the Spring 2019 issue of Fairfield University Magazine.

Spring 2019 Magazine, SOE Articles

Vision & Mission Statement


The School of Engineering will be a recognized leader in modern, experiential-based engineering education and will be known for innovative, applied research that, together, fosters a student-centered and research-focused educational experience that prepares graduates for successful and rewarding careers in service to others.


The School of Engineering is dedicated to:

  1. Providing transformative educational experiences that prepare our graduates for successful careers;
  2. Advancing engineering knowledge through applied research; and
  3. Supporting the University’s mission of whole-person development (cura personalis) by inculcating into our students the service-to-humanity character of the engineering profession.


We believe a strong, experientially based curriculum, supported by faculty with an applied research focus will lead to:

  1. Enhanced academic reputation.
  2. Increased scholarship (i.e., scholarship of application; scholarship of teaching and learning)
  3. Students, imbued with the service-to-humanity character of the engineering profession, prepared to meet the future challenges of a rapidly evolving, technology-based society.


“Our Ethics in Action”

Excellence in all we do

Engagement at every level

Innovation across all disciplines

Character as a foundation of Leadership

Diversity and Inclusion in all things

Service to Humanity as a lifelong goal

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 seven documented student outcomes that prepare graduates to attain the program’s educational objectives. The seven student outcomes are:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

IDEA Student Ratings

Help us spread the word! And make sure every Fairfield student's voice is heard! The IDEA student rating system is the standard courses evaluation method across the University as of Fall 2010 and provides both summative evaluation (used for personnel decisions) and formative feedback (for course improvement). IDEA results provide faculty with a wealth of data that can help improve their teaching and increase student learning.

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