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Message from the Dean

There is no better time to be an engineer.

The current challenges faced by humanity have no geographical or cultural boundaries, and engineers hold the key for innovative sustainable solutions.

Engineering and technology are instruments for the advancement of humankind. Great world challenges spanning from struggling world economies, environmental and energy crisis, international warfare and conflicts, to social, educational, and health inequities - represent an opportunity for engineers to contribute and make a difference.

At Armour College of Engineering we educate students to be leaders in the development and use of multidisciplinary approaches and technology to solve complex, socially critical problems. We are committed to excellence in technology-focused education with a renewed emphasis on the entrepreneurial and ethical practice of engineering.

Distinctive and relevant engineering education at IIT emphasizes the human skills essential to success. Leadership, entrepreneurship, and ethics are built into the curricula and various enrichment educational programs offered in the Armour College. Emphasized by the opportunity to apply ongoing learning to current problems of global impact, engineering students at IIT are being prepared to make a contribution on day one and a continuing impact throughout their careers.

Research at Armour is on an aggressive growth mode. Our faculty and students are conducting research in fields of significant impact. The research enterprise at Armour expands from fundamental engineering science research to the development of new technologies with application to current industry and markets.

At Armour, research is conducted by engineering students at all levels (Bachelor, Masters, and Doctoral). The discovery and creation of new technology are the essence of the doctoral programs in engineering. Professional Masters and Continuing Education programs in engineering are geared to meet the changing needs of industry and society. Armour R&D is the undergraduate engineering research signature program at IIT. Designed to enrich our engineering undergraduate programs with the value of laboratory research, Armour R&D provides undergraduate engineering students with early tools for research, the excitement of discovery and the opportunity to implement ideas.

Engineers are needed more than ever. We focus our effort on preparing engineering students to face contemporary challenges and make the world a better place with smart, sustainable solutions that are created and implemented with knowledge, ethics, passion and compassion for those in need at home and around the World.

An engineering education empowers students for a fulfilling career and the satisfaction to help others, do good, and contribute to society.

Natacha DePaola, Ph.D.
Carol and Ed Kaplan Armour Dean of Engineering