Vanderbilt University School of Engineering

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Vanderbilt University School of Engineering
Vanderbilt Engineering logo.svg
Motto Insight. Innovation. Impact
Established 1879
Type Private
Endowment $552.3 million[A]
Dean Philippe Fauchet
Academic staff 144
Undergraduates 1,305[1]
Location Nashville, TN, U.S.A.

The School of Engineering provides undergraduate and graduate education in engineering and the engineering sciences at Vanderbilt University, a major research university located in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in 1879, the Vanderbilt School of Engineering is the oldest private school of engineering in the American South.[2] The school has an exceptionally high percentage of female engineers, 29%, compared to a national average of 17%.[3]


The school offers the bachelor of engineering degree in biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering and the bachelor of science in computer science and engineering science. Many engineering students choose double majors, minors, or concentrations in complementary disciplines. All programs leading to the bachelor of engineering degree at Vanderbilt are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.


In conjunction with Vanderbilt's Graduate School, the School of Engineering offers master of engineering and master of science degrees and doctorates.[1] The school awarded its first Ph.D. in 1964.The School of Engineering’s graduate programs emphasize innovative, rigorous multidisciplinary study and in-depth instruction. Graduate engineering programs at Vanderbilt include:

  • Biomedical Engineering: ME, MS, PhD
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering: ME, MS, PhD
  • Civil Engineering: ME, MS, PhD
  • Computer Science: MS, PhD
  • Electrical Engineering: ME, MS, PhD
  • Environmental Engineering: ME, MS, PhD
  • Interdisciplinary Program in Material Science: ME, MS, PhD
  • Mechanical Engineering: ME, MS, PhD


The School of Engineering ranks as one of the top engineering schools in the United States. The U.S. News & World Report ranks Vanderbilt as the 31st best undergraduate engineering school in the country. The Graduate School of Engineering ranks at 34th.[4]

Field Ranks
Undergraduate School of Engineering 34
Graduate School of Engineering 37
Biomedical Engineering 20
Chemical Engineering 36
Civil Engineering 49
Electrical/Electronics/Communications Engineering 38
Environmental Engineering 51
Material Sciences 55
Mechanical Engineering 43


Vanderbilt is classified as a "Research University (very high research activity)," by the Carnegie Foundation[5] and is engaged in some of the most important engineering research and cross-disciplinary research conducted in the nation. Spanning biomedical, civil, chemical, environmental, electrical, mechanical engineering and computer science fields, Vanderbilt also has special expertise in key research areas.[6]

Research Institutes[edit]

Vanderbilt University houses many specialized research centers. They are as follows:

  • Center for Intelligent Mechatronics
  • Center for Intelligent Systems (CIS)
  • Center for Technology-Guided Therapy
  • Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation (CRESP)
  • Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS)
  • Institute for Space and Defense Electronics, the largest such academic facility in the world.
  • Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies (VCEMS)
  • Vanderbilt Engineering Center for Transportation Operations and Research (VECTOR)
  • Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education
  • Vanderbilt Institute of Imaging Science
  • Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • Vanderbilt Initiative in Surgery and Engineering (ViSE)

Clubs and organizations[edit]

Vanderbilt Engineering Council

Representatives selected from various campus engineering societies participate in the Vanderbilt Engineering Council, which provides engineering students a voice in the school's decisions and facilitates communication among administration, faculty, and students. Officers of the Engineering Council are elected by the engineering student body.

National engineering societies

The leading national engineering societies have chartered branches or student sections at the School of Engineering. These student-run organizations are devoted to technical issues. Meetings might include films, speakers, or field trips. Freshmen and sophomores are invited to attend meetings, while juniors and seniors are urged to join the appropriate professional society.


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Coordinates: 36°08′41″N 86°48′08″W / 36.144828°N 86.802101°W / 36.144828; -86.802101