LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Instagram YouTube class=

Message from the Dean

The Path to Our Future

The Engineering School is in an enviable position. We have a strong, dynamic research program in the midst of one of the best comprehensive universities in the world—one that has made it a priority to encourage interdisciplinary research that addresses intellectually challenging, socially pressing issues. In virtually every instance, the contributions that engineers are uniquely trained to make — by synthesizing knowledge in ways that lead to solutions — are absolutely critical.

By sharpening our focus on those things we do exceptionally well, the Engineering School will enhance its ability to play a leading role in these collaborative efforts, joining forces with other schools at the University — and with institutions around the world — to push the frontiers of knowledge forward and to make the world a better place.

This opportunity to increase the impact and relevance of our research program is also an opportunity to heighten the power of the education we offer our students, both graduate and undergraduate. By bringing these grand challenges into our classrooms as well as our laboratories, we can engage young people in the excitement of using their skills as engineers to re-envision and reshape the world.

This is an exciting time for the Engineering School. I invite you to return often to our website to keep up with the latest developments as we set a new standard for engineering research and education.


Craig H. Benson, PhD, PE, NAE
Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Janet Scott Hamilton and John Downman Hamilton Professor
Curriculum Vitae

"Sharing the Vision for Engineering at U.Va.," video of Dean Benson’s talk to the SEAS faculty and staff.