Carnegie Mellon Engineering

The College of Engineering's Educational Philosophy

James H. Garrett Jr., Dean, College of EngineeringEngineering education at Carnegie Mellon is designed to produce leaders and to support creativity. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, our engineering curricula are sufficiently flexible to allow students to customize their course of study to suit their interests and professional objectives. Our aim is to prepare students for fulfilling, exciting careers and to provide them with the perspective and skills to be leaders in their endeavors.

Some overarching objectives of our programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels are:

  • To provide a high quality, rigorous technical education and an understanding of standards of technical excellence.

  • To provide guidance and mentorship, including a multi-faceted first-year program for undergraduates to help new students successfully transition to college.

  • To offer research opportunities to all students, working in collaboration with faculty, partners, and peers.

  • To provide an understanding of innovation as a learned process, developing abilities for management and leadership.

  • To demonstrate a holistic approach to learning through general education requirements that show depth and breadth of education

Andrew Carnegie said, "Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you." We share that philosophy and strive to provide our students with:

  • A thorough and integrated understanding of fundamental knowledge in engineering and the ability to apply this knowledge.

  • Expanded skills in quantitative analysis, particularly with the use of computers, which, in all engineering disciplines, increases the applicability and impact of modern computational methods.

  • Competence in the orderly way of thinking, which professionals and scientists have always used in reaching sound, creative conclusions, with the goal that after graduation the student can reach decisions both as a professional and as a citizen.

  • An ability to learn independently with scholarly orderliness, so that after graduation the student will be able to grow in wisdom and keep abreast of the changing knowledge and problems of the profession and the society in which he or she participates.

  • The philosophical outlook, breadth of knowledge, and sense of values that will increase the student's understanding and enjoyment of life and enable each student to recognize and deal effectively with the human, economic, and social aspects of professional problems.

  • The ability to communicate ideas to others in a comprehensive and understandable manner. The foremost objective of our engineering curriculum is to provide our students an education that enables them to be productive and fulfilled professionals throughout their careers.