Dean Helble: “We’ve been able to attract more students, and especially women, by letting them use engineering to solve real-world challenges. They quickly learn how their creativity and engineering skills can make a real difference.”

The world needs technical leaders to create solutions to pressing problems facing humanity in areas such as energy, healthcare, the environment, sustainability, security, and communications. Such problems don't fall neatly within disciplinary boundaries. That's why Thayer School takes a non-departmental, interdisciplinary approach to engineering. Our project-based curriculum focuses on the system fundamentals that apply to all areas of engineering, giving our students the critical skills for solving the complex problems of today and the uncharted challenges of tomorrow.

Our Faculty of Engineering Say

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Eric Fossum

Next time you take a selfie, thank Eric Fossum, inventor of the CMOS image sensor that makes it possible for a high-powered camera to fit inside your smart phone. Of the impact of [his work], he says, “When I travel around the world to cities, national parks, or attend a conference, or look at Facebook and see everyone using this technology, it’s really just incredible."

Learn more about professor Eric Fossum, director of Thayer’s PhD innovation program, and associate provost for entrepreneurship and technology transfer
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Mary Albert

“With the currently changing climate, it has never been more important to understand how the Earth system works in the context of past climate. From this knowledge we can learn about what to anticipate in the future.”

Learn more about Mary Albert, Professor of Engineering
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Ryan Halter

By combining electrical impedance sensing with a conventional pressure sensor, professor Ryan Halter (far left, shown here with other Thayer School faculty) is creating an early warning system that may help doctors treat traumatic brain injuries before they permanently damage the brain.

Learn more about Ryan Halter, Assistant Professor of Engineering and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery, Geisel School of Medicine

Engineering Alumni

Nobel laureates, government leaders, judges, scientists, writers, scholars, journalists, entertainers-Dartmouth alumni have distinguished themselves in all fields. Here are some notable alumni in the engineering field making a difference in the world.

Learn More About Our Alumni

Study Engineering Off Campus

At Dartmouth, we have taken the traditional study abroad model, erased its boundaries, and expanded its parameters. Arranged through Dartmouth's Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education, study abroad here is not an isolated semester in another country. The curriculum and structure of the school year allow students to follow their research around the world.

Dartmouth's Global Impact
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  • Engineering Sciences

    Bachelor of Arts

    Dartmouth AB candidates who major in engineering sciences learn to synthesize concepts from many fields and also have the opportunity to specialize in a chosen area. They can join multidisciplinary research teams and collaborate with faculty and graduate students. AB candidates who also plan to pursue the BE and are interested in specific engineering fields can use a variety of sample programs as models when designing their individual programs. Students can also choose to complement a major in another discipline with a minor in Engineering Sciences.

  • Biomedical Engineering Sciences

    Bachelor of Arts

    Biomedical engineering is the broad area of study in which engineers use an interdisciplinary approach to solve problems in the medical field often associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems. The breadth of solution methodologies requires biomedical engineers to take a quantitative approach to system analysis in “traditional” engineering fields, while simultaneously employing a fundamental understanding of the relevant life sciences.

    Dartmouth’s biomedical engineering sciences major is offered to students interested in medical school. Faculty from Thayer School and The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth jointly advise the research projects. The Geisel School of Medicine offers an opportunity for accomplished engineering sciences majors to apply for admission to The Geisel School through the Biomedical Engineering Early Assurance Program (BME EAP).

  • Engineering Physics

    Bachelor of Arts

    Students who love both engineering and physics can pursue an engineering physics major offered jointly by the Department of Engineering Sciences and the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

    The Engineering Physics Major consists of a 5/5 split of 10 courses between Engineering Sciences and Physics. These courses include three required core courses, two electives in engineering, and two electives in physics. Students wishing to pursue the B.E. degree are advised to choose an Engineering Sciences course as an elective. Students majoring in Engineering Physics also complete a culminating experience, either as one of the two electives involved in the major or as an additional course.

  • Human-Centered Design

    Minor

    The minor in Human-Centered Design is an interdisciplinary program focused on the process of innovation to address human needs.

    Dartmouth students pursuing the Human-Centered Design minor gain an intellectual foundation for the minor through coursework in introductory engineering and design thinking before advancing to study ethnographic methods of anthropology and research. Students also explore the human factors that shape design thinking—including perception, learning, social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, emotion, and cognition—before completing the minor with elective coursework in topics like sustainable design, digital parts, architecture, and social entrepreneurship.

  • Materials Science

    Bachelor of Arts

    The study of Materials Science and Engineering relates the properties of materials –chemical electrical, magnetic, mechanical, optical—to their internal architecture or microstructure. In turn, structure is related to processing—solidification, thermal/mechanical treatment, vapor deposition and so forth—and to the underlying thermodynamic "driving forces" and kinetics that underlie changes in structure and hence in properties and behavior. Fundamental to the study are both qualitative and quantitative methods of microstructural analysis.

    The departments of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Sciences offer the minor in Materials Science, which can be combined with majors in any of the three areas. The minor requires prerequisites in chemistry and physics and consists of coursework in materials science, methods of experimental physics, methods of materials characterization, and electives from three different topic areas within the discipline.

  • Bachelor of Engineering

    Bachelor of Engineering (BE)

    All engineering sciences majors earn a Dartmouth AB, and most take additional courses to also earn a Bachelor of Engineering (BE).  Dartmouth's BE is a professional degree accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The degree generally takes one to three terms of additional study, depending on the courses taken during the first four years. Advanced standing on entry to Dartmouth may shorten the time required.

    Most students add a fifth year to earn the BE (financial aid is available), but students may also finish a combined AB/BE in four years. The flexibility of the five-year BE program makes it possible for students majoring in Physics or Computer Science at Dartmouth to also obtain the BE with an additional year of study following the AB. Students interested in pursuing a BE are encouraged to work closely with their assigned faculty advisor to develop a multi-year course progression plan that will meet degree requirements, and the student's personal academic goals.