It's true that UVA Engineering students are fortunate to study with faculty who are international leaders in their fields, and our school's relatively small size means students get plenty of access to - and one-on-one attention from - their teachers. But employers who recruit our students routinely tell us one important thing: UVA Engineering graduates demonstrate a uniquely high level of preparation to ascend into important leadership roles in their future careers, because our curriculum includes training in analysis, problem-solving, communication, judgment and ethics.
Our graduates can go anywhere and succeed. And our students have an enormous range of organizations with which to engage while they are at UVA.
Before they graduate, 100 percent of UVA Engineering students must complete a research project that demonstrates their analysis and judgment. In any given semester, nearly half of our students are enrolled in a course that focuses on communication, research and critical thinking. Nearly a quarter of our students spend time learning abroad, which is well above the national average.
"Students today are very interested in experiential education. They want to learn through doing. This is actually one of the most effective ways that we can teach students and get them really engaged passionately in learning."UVA Engineering Dean Craig Benson
UVA Engineering's dean, Craig Benson, always says that students don't become engineers by sitting in lectures. Our students spend a significant amount of time working on projects with real-world applications - programming robots to help people with disabilities; 3-D printing human tissue samples; designing smart home and transportation systems.
Students explore engineering problems in open, collaborative spaces such as our Lacy Student Experiential Center, our Lacy Design Studio, our National Instruments Engineering Discovery Lab, our Mechatronics Lab, our Rapid Prototyping (3-D printing) Lab, and our professional flight simulator lab.
Inside all of our labs and classrooms, there is no ceiling on our creative students' imaginations.