Our Mission, Vision and Core Values


Our Mission

Our mission is to make the world a better place by creating and disseminating knowledge and by preparing engineering leaders to solve global challenges.

Our Vision

We will be a leader among engineering schools in seizing opportunities to benefit humanity through bold research and world-class education.

We will achieve our mission and vision while abiding by our core values, which are:

  • Societal Impact - Passion for making a positive impact on the world
  • Educating Engineering Leaders - Dedication to imbuing students with technical and professional knowledge that is applied with integrity and wisdom, so they are fully prepared to be the leaders of the future
  • Innovation - Determination to innovate, create knowledge and lead in teaching and research while abiding by the highest standards of ethics
  • Excellence Through Diversity - Commitment to diversity, which we define as excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences
  • Collegiality - Marked by collaboration, teamwork and support for each other’s success

UVA Engineering's Roadmap to Excellence Strategic Plan

Dean Craig Benson

"UVA Engineering is at a pivotal moment in its history. Through focus, collaboration and research, we will demonstrate the power of engineers to re-envision the world."

Dean Craig Benson, Ph.D., P.E., NAE
ASEE Deans Diversity Initiative

With a core value that diversity is excellence, UVA Engineering is a proud participant in the American Society for Engineering Education's Deans Diversity Initiative. Deans, including UVA Engineering Dean Craig H. Benson, have committed to actions that will lead to significant progress in diversifying the engineering community. The deans' letter states: "In particular, we must further promote the pursuit of engineering education to all those who have been historically underrepresented within our discipline; provide an educational experience that is demonstrably equitable and inclusive; and actively work to improve the broader engineering culture to fully engage the diverse generations to come." Read more