Why Engineering?

Engineers are problem solvers and innovators. Being an engineer takes passion and creativity. Engineers design systems and products that directly improve people’s lives and make the world a better place. They reduce pollution, bring computer technologies to new levels, design artificial organs, baseball bats, roller coasters, sound systems, space shuttles, and make movies — there are limitless possibilities. With an engineering background, your future is totally your own choice, and you can go on to not only be an engineer, but also a doctor, lawyer, or any profession rooted in problem solving. With an engineering education, you can make a difference. You have the opportunity to turn ideas into reality.

What is Engineering Anyway?

Some describe engineering as the application of math and science to solve problems, but it is much more than that. Engineering requires understanding, not just of principles and technologies, but of people and communities. Engineers are also communicators; no plan to solve anything will be successful unless it is fully understood by those who will implement or create it. They talk with others in all different fields to test and implement their ideas. Engineers combine technology, creativity and problem solving skills to come up with solutions for the world’s problems.

Sound interesting? How can you become an Engineer?

Students come to Engineering with all different backgrounds, no prior experience is necessary! Of course, to solve problems an engineer needs to be resourceful, and often the necessary resources involve math and science, such as courses in physics or calculus. The world has a limitless amount of problems to solve, and with that, there is a different kind of Engineering for everyone.

Why Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania?

A Penn Engineering education combines theory with real-world practice. You’ll have access to renowned faculty and cutting-edge research. With six different Engineering programs, there are a wide variety of options available to you along with plenty of opportunity for interdisciplinary work both within Engineering and across the University.

Interested in coming to campus for a visit?

Tours of the Engineering complex are available, contact Michaile Rainey to learn about opportunities to meet with current students while you are on campus.

AWE 1st year Pre-Orientation program

Offered for the first time in the Fall of 2008, this pre-orientation program brings together engineering students who support the advancement of women in engineering within the incoming class to meet one another, interact with faculty and upper-class students, and get an introduction to Penn Engineering.

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