Dean's message

Zella L. Kahn-Jetter, Ph.D., P.E.

Welcome to the Saint Martin’s University School of Engineering website.

This is a great time to be considering a career in engineering, and Saint Martin’s is a great place to earn your degree. The School of Engineering has two accredited (ABET/EAC) programs: civil engineering and mechanical engineering. The first two years share a common pre-engineering program. In your junior year you branch off into your program of study. In civil engineering you pursue advanced study in four major areas: geotechnical, transportation and construction management, water resources and environmental, and structural. In mechanical engineering you study thermal, fluid, and mechanical systems. In your senior year you have the opportunity to specialize in the various areas of civil or mechanical engineering. Also during your senior year, you will participate in a major capstone design course covering two semesters which captures all that you have learned during the previous three years, and addresses a real-world engineering design problem.

For those of you visiting with an engineering degree, we offer two graduate programs: a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering (MCE), a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering (MME) and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management (MEM). The MCE Program is designed to provide engineering and science graduates with specialized technical knowledge oriented toward professional engineering practice within civil engineering. The MME program is designed to provide engineering and science graduates with specialized technical knowledge in the thermal, mechanics and controls areas of mechanical engineering. The MEM program emphasizes the continuity of management and engineering-related efforts from planning through design and execution.

Society needs engineers; whether it is to treat water so you can drink it, improve upon the infrastructure that we use every day, create robots, or design new bio-medical devices that can change the way we treat the sick, engineers play an important role. They are the unsung heroes of society. There has never been a better time to study engineering than now, especially at Saint Martin’s University. We are in a period of renewed growth and are building a new engineering building. This facility will be a state of the art learning center and will provide an opportunity for collaboration between students, faculty, and the community.

I hope to see you here soon.

As you maneuver your way through our pages, please look at some of the exciting designs that our students have worked on recently and examples of our previous capstone design projects.

Zella Kahn-Jetter Ph.D., P.E.
Dean, School of Engineering