UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS
school of engineering and applied science dean’s letter
More than 250 years ago, Benjamin Franklin, founder of the University
of Pennsylvania, envisioned an academic institution where classical
learning would be united with a sound practical education in the arts and
sciences. In Ben's own words, students ought to receive “everything that
is practical and everything that is ornamental.” Today Penn, the oldest
university in the nation, is fulfilling that vision by preparing students for
a technological world, a world where leadership goes to those who
have learned how to combine the practical and the ornamental.
It is very exciting to witness how technology is transforming our times
and our lives, no longer on a scale of decades but of years and even
months. A successful career through such changing times requires
graduates to be endowed with skills that transcend the details of
any one job. We must also provide a forum to instill those traits that
are more difficult to teach: ethics, integrity, ambition, creativity and
leadership. Such is the result of an education that pays much more
attention to the fundamental than to the trendy, to the creative more
than to the rote. Engineers must be firmly educated as responsible
citizens, concerned with the impact of their work on society.
Penn Engineering prepares its students for the creation, application,
and management of technology through rigorous and advanced
curricula and teaching methods. Innovation drives our every curriculum
and transforms the fundamentals of what engineers will be learning.
Our graduates go on to leadership roles in engineering, technology,
and other careers such as business, medicine, and law, for which
creativity, rigorous quantitative thinking, effective communication skills,
and a strong commitment to human values are essential.
Penn Engineering and the University of Pennsylvania are defining
a new type of education. We welcome you to our enterprise;
join us as we advance to new frontiers of knowledge and education.
EDUARDO D. GLANDT, DEAN
school of engineering and applied science penn engineering
Engineering and technology are transforming our world at The next generation of engineers will need
more than technical knowledge. They
We are an exciting community of innovators;
Pioneers in interdisciplinary education and
lightning speed. New ideas, new fields, new applications are will need the conceptual and analytical
foundations that last a life time, and the
research; Intellectual entrepreneurs.
And from our interconnections with people
changing the very fabric of our public and private lives. power to learn new paradigms and new
technologies. Penn Engineering’s innovative
and programs across campus, city, and the
world come tomorrow’s technologies and
curriculum provides this foundation as well tomorrow’s leaders, ideally prepared for
as a practical understanding of today’s tomorrow’s high-tech world.
most important technologies. Only a forward-
looking school of engineering such as It’s the reason why students who want
ours can provide this kind of education. more than a standard engineering degree
choose Penn Engineering, where paths
to the future are shaped.
Start here to invent the future.
BEN’S AMAZING IDEA
More than 250 years ago, America’s first
scientist and engineer, Benjamin Franklin,
had one of his best ideas — a university that
would put knowledge to practical use. His
idea became the University of Pennsylvania.
And ever since, we have followed Ben’s lead —
putting our ideas to use in the service of
“Mankind, one’s country, Friends, and Family.”
school of engineering and applied science connect with people like you
people like you
Penn Engineering attracts self-
motivated students of the highest
caliber. High-energy students who
take their education and themselves
seriously. Students like you. Here
you will get to know outstanding
students from across the nation and
across the world. From big cities
and small towns. Students who Philadelphia, PA
Being at Penn meant I could stay in
teach and learn from one another my hometown while being part of an
international community. Being at
inside and outside the classroom. Penn meant I could satisfy a life-long
curiosity about how things work
Students whose big ideas and through a hands-on education and
still pursue other interests, from
big ambitions will spark your playing the violin to exploring
SHIRLEY DUARTE philosophy. My goal is to pursue
own creativity and innovation. Mexico City, Mexico a career in robotics research.
Penn offered me an exceptional
Students like these… education, an outstanding faculty, a
supportive environment for minority
students and more. At Penn, I found
teachers and staff genuinely concerned
with their students’ well-being. With a
BSE in Bioengineering and a minor in
mathematics, Penn has prepared me
well for my next big step: a career JOCELYN NELSON
in medicine. Andover, MN
Moving from Minnesota was a big step for me. Penn did a great job at helping
me adjust to college and to an exciting campus where student interest and
involvement doesn’t stop at the classroom door. I now work as a management
trainee for a specialty chemical company. Eventually, I want to be a strategic
decision maker in this industry.
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Why Penn? Easy. I liked its pre-
professional focus, the beautiful
RAINA WALLACE campus and the diversity of its people,
Valrico, FL programs, and ideas. Why Digital
I chose early decision because Penn Media Design? Easy. The program
had what I wanted: an urban setting, offered the variety and creativity that
small classes, student diversity, social I want. After graduation? Easy. I want
life, and best of all, a challenging to work in a visual-media production
bioengineering program that enables company or one that deals with
me, as a pre-med student, to apply human-computer interactions.
engineering principles to biomedical
problems. My goal is to obtain an
M.D., then a Ph.D., and work in either
medical or bioengineering research.
I found the perfect fit at Penn. A strong
Computer Science program that has
given me new perspectives on this fast-
changing field. A flexible curriculum
that let me choose courses that fit my
interests. Incredible opportunities for
internships and jobs. My next step
MATTHEW SYLVESTER after graduation? Working for a major
Diego Martin, Trinidad & Tobago software development company.
Trinidadians love to socialize, and
the Penn preview gave me a taste of
what living and studying at Penn would
be like — challenging work, amazing
people, and a great social life on
campus. Best of all, I am learning what
I need to know to realize my long-term
goal: establishing an internationally-
recognized engineering company.
At Penn, I found the best fit for my interest in nanoscale engineering and my goal of
becoming an engineering entrepreneur. Here I was able to enroll in both the School
of Engineering and the Wharton School, receive an Ivy League liberal arts education,
and have access to all the resources of a major research university. Another huge
plus is the low teacher/student ratio. Here everybody knows your name.
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school of engineering and applied science research
cuts across disciplines
NADER ENGHETA, H. Nedwell Ramsey Professor, Electrical & Systems Engineering
Dr. John Crocker, Chemical and Biomolecular
My research programs focus on nano-optics, metamaterials and plasmonics, bio-inspired imaging and
Engineering, recently cited as one of Popular sensing, and miniaturized antennas and nanoantennas with exciting potential applications in various fields
of engineering and applied science.
Science’s “Brilliant Ten” for his seminal work in
MARK YIM, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics
soft-condensed matter and its interface with cell My work primarily focuses on designing modular self-reconfigurable robots built from simple module
types such as Lego bricks or cells in mammals. A modular robot can change its shape by rearranging
biology, is just one example of our distinguished its modules; “morph” to meet the demands of changing tasks and environments.
and internationally renowned research faculty. BETH A. WINKELSTEIN, Associate Professor, Bioengineering
My research applies biomechanical principles to the study of neck injuries. We integrate structural and
Great engineering research makes what’s impossible today the microstructural mechanics with assays of cellular function to understand mechanisms of painful injuries.
commonplace of tomorrow. Our research faculty are discovering
the new material and processes that are driving technological
progress at incredible speed.
A sampling of faculty research programs:
CHRIS CHEN, Bioengineering GIANLUCA PIAZZA, Electrical and BIRTHPLACE OF THE
My laboratory develops nanotechnology and Systems Engineering INFORMATION AGE
microtechnologies, in the context of regenerative We focus on piezoelectric micro and nano In 1946, 18,000 vacuum tubes in a
medicine, to understand how cells form electromechanical systems for radio frequency 30-ton Electronic Numeral Integrator
with an emphasis on stem cell biology, the applications, wireless communications, and and Computer began to glow. ENIAC,
neovascularization of tissues, and cancer. inertial and biochemical sensing. the world’s first general-purpose
electronic computer, created
DENNIS DISCHER, Chemical and PRASHANT PUROHIT, Mechanical Engineering at the Moore School of Electrical
Biomolecular Engineering and Applied Mechanics Engineering, was at work. The
We invented polymersomes as “nano” carriers We use the principles of mechanics to understand Information Age had begun.
for anti-cancer and gene therapy. We also and analyze the structure and interactions of Right here. At Penn.
developed soft polymer matrices to control nanoscale systems in biology such as viruses,
differentiation of stem cells, with both molecular motors, and subcellular organelles.
directions grounded in biophysical chemistry.
VAL TANNEN, Computer and Information Science
GEORGE J. PAPPAS, Electrical and I work on software systems that enable
Systems Engineering scientists to transparently share their research
Our group focuses on embedded control data across the Internet, with particular
systems, hierarchical and distributed: control applications on behalf of biologists who are
systems, with applications to unmanned assembling the evolutionary Tree of Life.
aerial vehicles, flight management systems,
distributed robotics, and biomolecular networks. SHU YANG, Materials Science and Engineering
My group is interested in developing new
methodologies for the controlled synthesis,
patterning, and engineering of polymer-based
materials with new strategies inspired by
school of engineering and applied science creating technology
CONNECTING THEORY AND PRACTICE
Your classroom and lab experiences will have a common denominator: teachers who
At Penn Engineering, you will study with faculty recognized as challenge you through a problem-solving, discovery-oriented approach to learning.
national and international authorities in their fields, renowned Capping your Penn Engineering experience will be a year-long Senior Design project in
which you design a new approach to a real-world problem. And as so many of our
for their pioneering research, who are in demand as consultants students have done, you may even get published or win a national award in the process.
and advisors to major corporations and governments worldwide.
Our faculty bring the same passion and intellectual leadership to RECENT AWARD-WINNING SENIOR DESIGN PROJECTS
the classroom. Combine this with curricular content and teaching Intellicam: An intelligent visual tracking system
Serulian: Web application development framework
techniques that are cutting-edge and you have the perfect
Noninvasive delivery of magnetic nanoparticles and endothelial precursor cells to a metal stent
recipe for a transformative education.
To enhance your research experience, we offer a wide range of support services from STELLAR FACULTY. ACADEMIC
the University’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships to Penn Engineering’s RIGOR. UNPARALLELED
numerous research laboratories. Plus a variety of student research opportunities including: OPPORTUNITIES TO UNLEASH
Participation in faculty research YOUR OWN POTENTIAL.
NSF-sponsored projects in materials science and engineering This is a just a snapshot of all Penn Engineering
has to offer. Get the big picture.
SUNFEST program in sensor technologies Come see for yourself. Or visit us online.
The Penn Electric Racing Team and the Formula SAE Racing Team,
which compete against the nation’s best engineering talent
Provost’s Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program
Calling All Research Scholars
Does a career as a researcher and scholar appeal to you? Have you been actively
involved in research while in high school or are you interested in getting involved?
If so, the Engineering Scholars Program may be for you.
Slated to begin in the fall of 2008, a select group of incoming first year students
will be invited to apply to this program.
Students in the Scholars Program will undertake rigorous, credit-bearing research and
related activities during the sophomore and junior years and over a summer. And they
will be paid to do so. They will work with our world-renowned faculty members and their
graduate students on an exciting project of their choice. This research experience will
serve them well as they go on to graduate school or to a technical career of their choice.
Being part of a community of scholars — yet another great reason to choose
Engineering at Penn.
school of engineering and applied science our name says it best
our name says it best
THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Penn Engineering is unlike any other school of engineering.
And exactly what you would expect to find at Penn. Traditionally
untraditional. Linking theory with real-world practice. At the
fore in providing what is arguably the most effective preparation
for leadership in a fast-changing world: a rigorous education
in engineering and science, grounded in the liberal arts,
and surrounded by professional preparation.
THINK KNOWING AND BEING KNOWN. You won’t be just another face
in the crowd. Our engineering classes are small: twenty to thirty students on average.
No huge lecture halls jammed with anonymous undergraduates. Our students and
faculty really get to know one another.
THINK RIGHT BRAIN-LEFT BRAIN. No barriers here. Choose from hundreds
of courses in the College and The Wharton School. Explore the connections between
engineering and fields such as medicine, business, and science. Learn how to see the
big picture and ask the all-important how, why, and what if questions.
THINK STUDENT LIFE. On Penn’s campus, you will have world-class museums,
performing arts centers, art galleries, athletic facilities, and more. A campus that
is a real neighborhood with inviting plazas, bookstores, outdoor cafes, movie theaters,
retail shops, even a supermarket. A campus only minutes away from Center City,
Philadelphia’s lively downtown.
THINK LOCATION. At Penn Engineering
you will be part of a small school with all the
advantages a premier Ivy League university.
Twelve graduate and professional schools,
fifty research centers, some one hundred
institutes, and a major health-care complex:
all within easy walking distance on Penn’s
beautiful compact urban campus.
school of engineering and applied science our philadelphia address is a huge plus
philadelphia is PENN'S HOME CITY HAS IT ALL
America’s most historic mile with the Liberty
Bell, Independence Hall, and the National
a happening place Constitution Center. The nation’s first Zoo,
first hospital, and first University (Penn!)
still going strong.
Discover for yourself the wealth of educational,
cultural, and recreational opportunities that
Philadelphia offers such as: The Avenue of the
Arts where theater, jazz, dance, opera, and the
world-famous Philadelphia Orchestra hold
sway. The many must-see museums. Rowing on
the Schuylkill River. Jogging in Fairmount Park,
the nation’s biggest city park. Philly cheese-
steaks and soft pretzels. Stately Rittenhouse
Square, exciting Old City, funky South Street.
The Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, and 76ers.
And best of all! Greater Philadelphia is an
international center for research and development
in computers, medicine and biotechnology,
space and aeronautics, national security and
defense, and environmental technologies.
All this R&D increases your opportunities for
internships, summer jobs, and employment,
as well as career prospects.
You and Penn Engineering in Philadelphia — we
think you’ll agree that it is a great connection.
school of engineering and applied science learn as you serve; serve as you learn
learn as you serve;
serve as you learn
Through School-sponsored programs and student clubs such Bridging the digital divide… Our Bioengineering-based Global ADD TO YOUR LIST OF
locally and globally Biomedical Service program sends PENN PLUSES…
as CommuniTech. Technology-based outreach programs, From West Philadelphia to West Africa, undergraduates to work with amputees
and children with cerebral palsy in southern
Skirkanich Hall (1)
from Quito, Ecuador to Pune, India, Penn A new home for our nationally renowned
and the academically-based Global Technology Service program, Engineering students are on a mission to China. They provide interventions and
solutions that improve their daily living
Bioengineering program. A state-of-the-art
bridge the technology gap in low-income research and teaching facility designed to
our students are putting their know-how to work for others. urban areas here at home and around the activities. Adults who receive new artificial
legs become more viable in the job
keep pace with the exciting ideas and
breakthroughs that are the hallmark of
world. They train students, teachers, adults,
and community members in the use of marketplace again. And, through this our Bioengineering faculty.
computers and the Internet; install and real-world experience, our students
Weiss Tech House (2)
refurbish computer labs; hold workshops; learn lessons of a lifetime, crossing the Also pretty cool. A tinkering workshop where
address hardware, software, and boundaries of culture, race, place, and students like you can share ideas, explore
networking needs for each site; and socio-economic status. They learn first- interests, and build friendships.
mentor those whom they serve. hand how technology makes a world
of difference in people’s lives. Levine Hall (3)
In turn, our students learn from those Our high-tech building, one of the finest
they teach. As one student puts it, “My computer and information science facilities
Mentoring Tomorrow’s Engineers
hands-on field work in Ghana gave me on any campus. New research labs. Student
new perspectives on engineering and on A group of students from neighboring project workshops. Even a cyber lounge.
another culture. What a great experience!” West Philadelphia High School’s Academy
for Automotive and Mechanical Engineering
Engineering a Better World (AAME) wanted to enter the national FIRST
Robotics Competition. The challenge?
Where do students in Penn’s chapter of
Build a robot that could sink a ball into
Engineers Without Borders (PennEWB)
an 8-foot-high goal.
spend much of their free time?
The big problem: how to get the mobility,
In Terreritos, Honduras — working to build
speed and power range required.
and maintain a sustainable water supply
that the isolated farming village desperately They knew where to get answers:
needs. At Philadelphia’s Saul High School The Penn Engineering-AAME partnership.
of Agricultural Sciences — providing an Over a six-week period, our students
after-school program to help Saul students spent hours with the WPHS team,
build a fully functional methane biodigester providing design and technical assistance.
to convert livestock manure into methane The robot did get built. And more.
fuel for cooking and heating. The WPHS students learned first-hand
On campus — helping to organize outreach that the key to technological success 1 2
activities that focus on sustainable develop- is ongoing education in engineering,
ment from both an engineering and a cultural math, and science.
perspective as well as hands-on field work.
On the Road: Illumination Tour
No borders or limits here for Penn
Engineering students who want to make The Penn Electric Racing Team has added
a positive difference. community outreach to its original purpose
of designing, building, and racing a car in
Serving through rehabilitation engineering regional and national competitions.
Traveling from Philadelphia to Hong Kong Team members tour schools in Pennsylvania
and Guangzhou, China, Penn Engineering to inspire lower and middle school students
students and faculty are joining forces to to become innovators, encourage their
provide much needed services in prosthetics interest in science, engineering, math, and
and orthotics to those who need it most. technology; and raise their awareness
about alternate fuels.
school of engineering and applied science and more...
ADD TO YOUR LIST OF CHOOSE THE DEGREE MAKING CONTACT WITH THE
PENN PROGRAMS… PROGRAM THAT BEST FITS RIGHT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
YOUR CAREER INTERESTS… IS EASY AT PENN.
Minor in Nanotechnology Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) Penn Engineering’s reputation for top
The fast-growing fields of nanoscience and Through our flagship program, prepare for a students attracts top employers, many of
nanotechnology have significant and exciting career in professional engineering, computer them Penn alumni.
future applications in life sciences, medicine, science, or digital media design. Minimum This means you will get the attention
and engineering. Find out more at Penn, BSE requirement: 40 course units. of close to 400 companies that recruit
a national leader in the field, where course
annually through the On-Campus
offerings reflect the latest advances in Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)
Recruiting Service. Plus the more than
research. From nanometer scale science/ Combine a broader applied science
120 companies, from multi-national
engineering and nanoscale materials to education with your interest in engineering
conglomerates to high-tech companies,
fabrication of nanostructured devices. and technology. Program options include
that participate in our annual Engineering
Biomedical Science, Cognitive Science,
www.nanotech.upenn.edu/minor_ Career Awareness Day. Plus advice
Computational Biology, Computer Science
nanotech.html on careers and job-hunting from
and individualized programs. Minimum
our Career Services Center.
Engineering Entrepreneurship Program BAS requirement: 40 course units.
Check out our highly innovative and trend-
Specialized Dual-Degree Programs Career Paths: Penn Engineering Alumni
setting Engineering Entrepreneurship
Combine your BAS or BSE degree with
program. The program has a dual purpose: POST-GRADUATION CAREER PATHS
a second degree in one of Penn’s other
To expedite high-tech development for
undergraduate schools. Penn’s specialized Industry & Business 76%
the benefit of society; and give students
dual-degree programs offer students the Graduate School 22%
like you the know-how to market your
opportunity to pursue an integrated curricu-
ideas successfully and profitably. Other 2%
lum jointly offered by two schools within the
The program covers everything a would-be University and incorporating interdisciplinary
EMPLOYMENT BY JOB TYPE
high-tech businessperson needs to know — course work. Students receive two degrees
from the risks and rewards of engineering upon completion of the specialized curricula. Engineering /Technology Consulting 55%
entrepreneurship to all the practical how-to’s. Penn Engineering's two programs are Consulting/Marketing 15%
www.seas.upenn.edu/ent/program.html described below. Minimum dual degree Financial Services 27%
requirement: 46 course units.
Study Abroad Programs Other 3%
As a Penn Engineering student, you The Jerome Fisher Program in
GRADUATE SCHOOL CHOICES
have many options to develop the skills Management and Technology (M&T)
needed for leadership in a global workplace. Bridge the management and technical Engineering 52%
Programs in some fifty countries in Africa, disciplines in this pace-setting program. Medicine 25%
Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America. Receive a BSE or BAS from the School of
Opportunities to work with scientists and Engineering and Applied Science and a
corporate leaders in their home countries. Bachelor of Science in Economics from Law 6%
the Wharton School. Other 9%
At Penn Engineering, our campus is
the world. Computer and Cognitive Science
www.seas.upenn.edu/under/aso_sa.html Combine studies in computer science and
engineering with linguistics, mathematics,
philosophy, or psychology. Receive a BSE
or BAS and a BA from the College of
Arts and Sciences.
penn engineering fast facts
EDUARDO D. GLANDT, Dean The University of Pennsylvania values diversity
and seeks talented students, faculty and staff
SUSAN B. DAVIDSON, Deputy Dean from diverse backgrounds. The University of
Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the
VIJAY KUMAR, Associate Dean basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, religion, color, national or ethnic
THOMAS K. STUMP, Senior Associate Dean
origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam
Era Veteran or disabled veteran in the
administration of educational policies, programs
or activities; admissions policies; scholarship
1852 Founding date of School of Mines, and loan awards; athletic or other University
administered programs or employment.
Arts and Manufactures that gave rise to Questions or complaints regarding this policy
School of Engineering and Applied Science should be directed to: Executive Director,
Office of Affirmative Action and Equal
Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East,
103 Faculty 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia,
PA 19104-6106 or by phone at 215.898.6993
(voice) or 215.898.7803 (TDD).
31 Chaired professors
Penn is committed to providing full access
to participation in all University-sponsored
7 Faculty elected to National Academy of Engineering programs. A full range of services is available
to students with motor or sensory disabilities,
chronic illnesses, or learning disabilities.
15:1 Student/Faculty ratio Students should contact the Office of
Student Disabilities Services at 215.573.9235
1,545 Undergraduates (voice) or 215.746.6320 (TDD)
The Crime Awareness and Campus Security University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering & Applied Science Undergraduate Program
Act, together with the College and University
23% Students enrolled in dual-degree programs Security Information Act, requires Penn to
provide information on its security policies
29 Engineering student clubs and organizations and procedures and specific statistics for
criminal incidents and arrests to students and
employees, and to make the information and
405 Places in entering class statistics available to prospective students
and employees upon request. To review
the University’s most recent annual report
6.9 Applicants per place containing this information, please go to
37% Women in entering class request a paper copy of the report, please call
the Division of Public Safety at 215.898.4482.
10% Underrepresented minorities in entering class
Middle 50th percentile SAT score for admitted students
640-750 Critical Reading
For more information about Penn Engineering or to arrange
a personalized visit to campus, please contact:
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Office of Academic Programs
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Pennsylvania
220 South 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6391
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