Duquesne University is combining its programs and expanding its engineering degrees. It will create the School of Science and Engineering, which will increase its offerings in STEM fields that are in high demand.
Duquesne has already established math, science and physics programs, as well as biomedical engineering. The plan is for the first year to be a foundational engineering program in the fall, and then in 2024, degree programs will begin in new fields such as mechanical engineering, energy/environmental engineering, systems engineering, and engineering physics.
Duquesne University's President Ken Gormley stated that Duquesne has already built out many of the engineering programs needed. In fact, Duquesne offers a preengineering course for students to take before moving on to another institution to specialize.
Gormley stated that it was "impossible for them to finish their engineering degree at Duquesne." "Now they can."
Gormley will make the announcement to a group gathered at the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse on Sunday.
Gormley stated that "we'll let them know they can instantly, along with current students, become part of this program."
The new school, according to Provost David Dausey, will enhance Duquesne’s strength in highly-recognized and in-demand fields and jobs.
Dausey stated that it made sense to develop STEM programs from both a mission and strategic perspective.
It will be necessary to consolidate existing programs and facilities, as well as build new labs. The new school will include math and computer science. Mellon Hall will house the science and engineering school. Dausey stated that faculty and staff would be hired, despite the fact that the university already has many people with engineering backgrounds in its existing programs as well as the faculty.
Gormley stated that the school of science and engineering will be part of the capital campaign called IGNITE which was launched in the fall.
He stated that Duquesne's engineering program will differ from other programs in the field because it will not only focus on the technical side, but also its ethical aspect. Duquesne's science, technology, and law programs place a high emphasis on ethical behavior, and the engineering program will be no exception.
Dausey stated that the areas he chose are in great demand, but they also help to understand some of the most pressing issues of today.