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Dean Donald Weinkauf claps at graduation

School of Engineering

Leadership and Vision

Our Mission:

To provide an applied, values-based learning experience that produces well-rounded, innovative engineers and technology leaders who have the technical skills, passion, and courage to make a difference.

Our Vision:

To be the school of choice for applied engineering and technology leadership education enabling graduates to make a difference to the critical issues of the 21st Century.

Headshot of Dean Dr. Don Weinkauf

Meet the Dean

Dr. Don Weinkauf

Dr. Don Weinkauf has served as the Dean of Engineering at the University of St Thomas in St. Paul since 2008. He has been honored nationally for his teaching and research as a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar. Prior to his career in academia, Dr. Weinkauf worked for Shell Oil Company as a Research Engineer.

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Dr. Deb Bessser

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs

Dr. Deb Besser

Dr. Deb Besser is the Associate Dean in the School of Engineering and the founding Chair of Civil Engineering. She works closely with the Center for Engineering Education Collective coterie and the Study Abroad Faculty cadre.

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Students work in an engineering class

Our Values

  • There is an ethical responsibility to improve the quality of life through the comprehensive application of engineering.
  • A values-based, multi-disciplinary approach to engineering takes on greater significance as new scientific discoveries and breakthroughs occur.
  • An understanding of science and technology is required for competent decision making in business, government, and diplomacy.
  • In keeping with the Catholic tradition, we are attentive to the development of the whole person as leader and engineer.

The world needs a different kind of engineer. We do have a highly technical curriculum, but we also teach our engineering students to understand how what they’re working on interacts with the world.

Dr. Don Weinkauf, Dean, School of Engineering