About Us

​Building something bigger.

The USD Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering (SMSE) does more than develop world-class engineers and computer scientists in a nationally recognized program. We help these bright minds develop into Changemakers with the global perspective, social awareness and leadership skills to make a difference in the world. We cater to the students who, as kids, aimed to build something more complex than the picture on the Lego box. Here, those who challenge convention can become successful professionals who leave a positive mark on their world.

Since our school's founding in 1987, thanks to the generosity and vision of our founder, Darlene Marcos Shiley, we've grown to a bustling program ranked #11 in the nation among non-doctoral-granting engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report. Today, we offer programs in computer science, electrical engineering, integrated engineering, cyber security, industrial and systems engineering and mechanical engineering. The school has a home that's equally stunning and innovative: the Belanich Engineering Center, made possible by a generous donor who believes in the school's mission and impact.

There are many forces behind our growth: our academic reputation, accreditation, dual BS/BA degrees, small class sizes and personal attention all add up to powerhouse graduates. As an added draw, the University of San Diego's ranking as one of the nation's most beautiful campuses certainly helps. Students and faculty clear their heads and refresh their senses strolling the campus' mission-style buildings, soaking in our hilltop views of Mission Bay and breathing the ocean air tinged with the scent of eucalyptus trees and bougainvillea flowers. It is a place that keeps both students and faculty healthy, relaxed and very well fed.

Ready to explore the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering? Come see for yourself.

exterior photo of Loma Hall Visit us on campus.

Let us show you around the school. You can stroll the grounds, visit our tinkering labs, get the chance to chat directly with faculty and gain a first-hand experience of a day in the life of a SMSE student.

students in a classroom Learn more about our programs.

We take our hands-on approach very literally — you'll find our faculty rolling up their sleeves alongside students to build solar-powered cooling systems and air-cleaning fans in our lab. Our blend of interdisciplinary collaboration and in-depth mentorship bring a real-world application to every program.

students talking with faculty Get to know our faculty.

Our award-winning faculty members share a deep commitment to challenging, inspiring and mentoring students. While they come from a diverse range of backgrounds in computer science and engineering, they all prioritize getting to know each and every student and guiding them through their experience here.

person holding magazine Stay up to date.

In every issue of I3@USD magazine, you'll follow our faculty and students' impact from our own community to the other side of the globe. And in our Class Notes, you'll hear the latest from our alumni on how to go from engineer to astronaut or how to lead sustainability efforts for an architecture firm.

people sitting on a stage See where our grads are landing.

In our graduate employment statistics, you can see who our grads' employers are, what their starting salaries are and which industries they're working in. You'll get a great picture of where alums are going and where you can be headed too.