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Kathleen A. Kramer, PhD, DIRECTOR

Electrical Engineering Program
Ernest M. Kim, PhD, PE
Kathleen A. Kramer, PhD
Mikaya L. D. Lumori, PhD
Michael S. Morse, PhD, JD
Thomas F. Schubert, Jr., PhD, PE

Industrial & Systems Engineering Program
Leonard A. Perry, PhD, COORDINATOR
Bradley Chase, PhD, MPH
Truc T. Ngo, PhD
Rick T. Olson, PhD

Mechanical Engineering Program
Frank G. Jacobitz, PhD
James G. Kohl, PhD
David M. Malicky, PhD
Matthew T. McGarry, PhD


University of San Diego Engineering is a community of scholars recognized for developing engineers with technical excellence, global perspective and social awareness.


USD Engineering is distinguished by student-centered education that emphasizes modern engineering skills and development of the whole person. We are dedicated to effective teaching, meaningful scholarship, and compassionate service.

The USD engineering programs are crafted to meet the traditions of USD for quality undergraduate education, the need for a more broadly-educated engineer capable of meeting the future demands and challenges of changing technology in a global economy and society, and the curriculum requirements for professional accreditation.

The Programs are nine-semester, integrated programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts (BS/BA) dual degree in a specified field of engineering. In addition to a sound preparation in engineering science, design, and professional practice, the curricula address written and oral communication, human values and relations, and ethics.

Unique Features

The USD engineering programs are undergraduate programs culminating in a unique dual BS/BA degree that is a consequence of the combination of intensive technical education and the USD emphasis on a broad liberal education. Each engineering program has breadth and depth in the engineering discipline, including an extensive laboratory component in outstanding laboratory facilities dedicated to undergraduate instruction. USD engineering students can expect a personalized education in small classes with a curriculum that emphasizes preparation for work in industry and the development of professionalism and values.

Professional Accreditation

Each of the three undergraduate majors in engineering has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET,, the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in engineering. ABET accreditation demonstrates the engineering programs’ commitment to providing its students with a quality education. USD is committed to achieving and maintaining professional accreditation to cover all engineering graduates. The electrical engineering program, the Industrial & Systems Engineering program, and the mechanical engineering program have each achieved this goal and have been accredited since 1992, 2001, and 2008, respectively.

Academic Advising

All engineering students are assigned an engineering faculty advisor who tracks the student’s progress toward attaining an engineering degree. The advisor and student work together to ensure that the student is making satisfactory progress toward graduation. Freshmen are assigned an engineering advisor only if they enroll in the Engineering 101 Preceptorial during their first semester. Transfer students are initially advised by the Director of Engineering or the coordinator of the appropriate program and then assigned a permanent engineering advisor.

Recommended Prior Preparation

To complete an engineering program following a standard pattern, incoming freshmen should be prepared to enroll in calculus, English composition and literature, and a third level foreign language competency. Background deficiencies in any of the above areas may be removed at USD, but this will increase the minimum requirements for graduation in an engineering major.

Transfer students and other students seriously considering an engineering major are encouraged to contact the Department of Engineering to receive academic advising at the earliest opportunity. The first two years of the engineering programs at USD are closely coordinated with those of many community colleges and state universities in California, making it possible to transfer from such institutions to USD with minimal disruption. While the Engineering Programs are designed to be completed in nine semesters, students may be able to complete engineering degree requirements in four years with a combination of prior preparation, AP credit, and Intersession or summer study.

Special Restrictions on the Use of the Pass/Fail Option

For engineering majors, the pass/fail option is not permitted in any course required by specific course prefix and title in the appropriate required program of study, or for the major-required electives. With the foregoing exceptions, the general university pass/fail regulations apply. See the description of the pass/fail option earlier in this course catalog.

Engineering Residency Requirement

Engineering programs require that a minimum of 24 units of upper division engineering classes be taken at USD.

Special Program Pattern for NROTC, ROTC, and AFROTC Students

NROTC, ROTC, and AFROTC requirements add 18 to 21 units to the standard program for Engineering majors. To meet the needs of the involved officer training corps and the major, a special program pattern has been constructed utilizing Intersession and Summer Session. One aspect of the pattern is the substitution of an approved NROTC, ROTC, or AFROTC course for the engineering requirement of a course in communications. The NROTC scholarship covers the full engineering program. However, benefits beyond four years must be requested through the naval science department.

Engineering Advisory Board

The purpose of the Engineering Advisory Board is to help the engineering programs form plans and implement strategies for growth that serve the San Diego technical community while the programs serve the mission of the university. The current board draws its membership from among highly placed leaders in the technical community across several important industries, including telecommunications, energy, aerospace & defense, biotechnology, and semiconductor electronics. Since 1994, the Engineering Advisory Board has helped USD engineering to form plans and implement strategies in the following areas: 1) long-range planning for the continued development of engineering at USD; 2) development and promotion of cooperative programs and relations with industry and the San Diego community; 3) assisting in seeking sources of support for engineering and science programs and facilities; and 4) advising the USD engineering faculty and administration on issues related to the growth and evolution of the engineering program.