Stanford University School of Engineering

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Stanford University School of Engineering is one of the schools of Stanford University. The school has had eight deans; the current is James D. Plummer.

Previous Deans[edit]

  1. Theodore J. Hoover 1925–1936
  2. Samuel B. Morris 1936–1944
  3. Frederick E. Terman 1944–1958
  4. Joseph M. Pettit 1958–1972
  5. William M. Kays 1972–1984
  6. James F. Gibbons 1984–1996
  7. John L. Hennessy 1996–1999

Current departments at the school[edit]

In addition the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering is an interdisciplinary program.


The School of Engineering was established in 1926 when Stanford organized the previous independent academic departments into a school.[1] The original departments in the school were

  • Civil Engineering one of the original university departments (1891), later to become Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering established in 1892.
  • Mechanical Engineering one of the original university departments.
  • Mining and Metallurgy established in 1918 and eventually disbanded in 1945.

Departments added afterwards:

  • Aeronautics and Astronautics started as Aeronautical Engineering in 1958
  • Chemical Engineering in 1961 (split from Chemistry)
  • Computer Science in 1965 in the School of Humanities and Sciences but moved to the School of Engineering in 1985
  • Materials Science and Engineering in 1961 (originally known as Materials Science)
  • Management Science and Engineering in the 1950s (originally Industrial Engineering)
  • Bioengineering is the newest department and established in 2002.


  1. ^ "Guide to SU Schools". Stanford Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 

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