USD to Make Major Announcement on Engineering Department

The University of San Diego will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 25, to announce a major gift that will help the university reach a momentous milestone that will dramatically affect the future of the university’s engineering department.

The USD Engineering Department was founded in 1987 with just a handful of students and six faculty. During the last 25 years, the program has steadily grown in size and stature. Today, there are approximately 20 faculty and at least 360 students. The press conference will take place in Plaza de San Diego between Maher and Guadalupe Halls.

Although the USD engineering program does not offer graduate degrees, all graduates receive a dual BA/BS degree in engineering. There is no similar academic program in the nation.

Unlike most engineering programs, the USD program has seen a steady increase in the number of female students, and military veterans.

Participating in the press conference will be USD President Mary E. Lyons, PhD; Kathleen Kramer, PhD, faculty director of the Department of Engineering; Nathan Scherrer, a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering; and the program’s donor.

About the University of San Diego
USD is a Catholic institution of higher learning committed to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and the creation of ethical leaders. Chartered in 1949, the school enrolls approximately 8,300 undergraduate and graduate full-time equivalent students. USD has a long history of public service and was recently recognized as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka, the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. The university’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, Nursing and Health Sciences, Peace, the Department of Engineering and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.