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School of Engineering

What is Engineering?

At Vanderbilt, engineering is a collaborative process connecting students and faculty together to methodically solve the world’s most complex problems. Everyone is always learning and always questioning.

Engineering education begins with fundamental concepts of the physical laws that govern the universe as we know it. Once a major of study is selected, the learning follows the direction of the specialty while maintaining a balanced and flexible liberal arts core. At Vanderbilt, we believe engineering cannot exist in a vacuum; engineering makes use of the arts and the sciences for practical ends.

Professors and students work in modern, highly functional laboratory, classroom and maker spaces designed to generate ideation, conversation and innovation. They collaborate on projects that span the spectrum of engineering from robotics and tissue engineering to biomedical optics and sustainability. Opportunities abound to conduct original research both in engineering and across the Vanderbilt campus.

Vanderbilt engineering graduates are valued for their expertise, intellectual independence, communication skills and leadership ability. Professional demand for graduates with this background is intense. Graduates are actively recruited, not only for engineering careers, but also for careers as diverse as project management, finance, consulting, medicine and law.

Engineering Research

Research activity in the School of Engineering can be grouped into nine intellectual neighborhoods reflecting major societal and technological problems.

Cyber-physical Systems

Integrating software and hardware

Biomedical Imaging and Biophotonics

Using physical phenomena to diagnose and treat disease

Rehabilitation Engineering

Restoring lost physical and cognitive function

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

The science and engineering of materials and processes on the nano scale

Risk, Reliability, and Resilience

Improving predictability of systems, infrastructure, and materials on Earth and in space

Big Data Science and Engineering

Harvesting and using knowledge from collections of large data sets

Regenerative Medicine

Replacing, engineering, and healing damaged tissues and organs

Surgery and Engineering

Technology, methods, and tools to improve patient outcomes

Energy and Natural Resources

Enabling sustainable resource and energy conservation, production, and recovery


female engineering undergrads
(vs. national average of 19%)


of students entering the work force have a job within six months of graduation


of undergrads involved in engineering research experiences supervised by professors


of undergrads at Vanderbilt receive some form of financial assistance

Connect with a Current Engineering Student


Carson Fallon

  • Computer Engineering
  • Miami, FL

Sophia Chen

  • Computer Science
  • Naperville, IL

Reethi Padmanabhan

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • North Potomac, MD

Jason Hwong

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • San Mateo, CA