Welcome to Wake Engineering

Our Mission

Our mission is to educate the whole engineer. The world today is a complex place, and the needs of society are ever changing. A new generation of engineers is needed to deliver sustainable solutions to humanity’s most pressing challenges. Wake Engineering is committed to producing fearless problem solvers who are prepared to tackle these challenges. Our engineers will bring their broad perspective, entrepreneurial mindset, unyielding agility, and virtuous character to the task. We invite you to learn more about who we are and our unique approach to educating the engineers of tomorrow.

The Whole Engineer

We believe it is important for our students to bring their whole and authentic selves to the classroom, their education and all their pursuits. We view engineering as a science, as an art, as innovation and as a humanistic experience.

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Wake Engineering is an innovative and integrated engineering program grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Wake Engineers share a common desire to positively impact the human experience.

Our Institutional Uniqueness

In the nation, there is one B.S. Engineering program offered by an undergraduate-only department with a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts tradition at a research university. That program is Wake Engineering. This unique combination of traits defines who we are, from the innovative engineering curriculum that we offer to the many ways in which we embrace the teacher-scholar ideal. Moreover, we embrace our University’s motto of Pro Humanitate (For Humanity) as we strive to cultivate engineers who will fledge from our undergraduate program prepared to be positive agents of change.

“The people graduating from this program are genuinely able to see around corners, to help solve problems we haven't been able to solve, to bring that rigorous design approach and to build on a broad foundation of knowledge, not just one particular set of skills.” Dr. Rogan Kersh ('86), Provost

Prospective Students


Two WFU engineering professors get water quality research grant

Two WFU engineering professors get water quality research grant

October 25, 2021 | Department News, Research

Dr. Courtney Di VittorioDr. Kyana Young Wake Forest University assistant professors of engineering Courtney Di Vittorio and Kyana Young, in collaboration with professors at... Read More »

NSF Award - Dr. Erin Henslee

NSF Award - Dr. Erin Henslee

October 14, 2021 | Department News, Research

  NSF Award - Dr. Erin Henslee Congratulations to Dr. Erin Henslee on being awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Grant for her work entitled:... Read More »

NSF Award - Dr. Lauren Lowman

NSF Award - Dr. Lauren Lowman

October 14, 2021 | Department News, Research

NSF Award - Dr. Lauren LowmanCongratulations to Dr. Lauren Lowman on being awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Integrative Organismal... Read More »

ByteSize Learning

Engineering Student Andrew Rust Featured in Wake Forest News

October 12, 2021 | Student Spotlight

"Wake Forest senior Andrew Rust founded ByteSize Learning with his friend Ayden Hochstein, a senior at N.C. State. The two were... Read More »

Dr. Lauren Lowman

Leadership, Character, and Complex Calculations

October 5, 2021 | Department News

Dr. Lauren LowmanAssistant Professor Lauren Lowman teaches a complicated third-year engineering course. When she introduced some of the Program’s... Read More »

Regan O'Donnell Headshot

Regan O’Donnell's Delivers Closing Remarks

June 1, 2021 | Commencement, Department News

Watch Regan O'Donnell's closing remarks for the Wake Forest University's Bachelor of Science Diploma Ceremony of... Read More »


Why WFU Engineering?  A Recent Presentation by Dr. Pierrakos

April 28, 2021 | Department News

Check out the top 10 list for “Why WFU Engineering?”  These are some stats about our WFU Engineering program and the inaugural...

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Dr. Di Vittorio

Dr. Di Vittorio Earns a $500K+ NASA Grant to Advance Future Development of Global Ocean Climate Models

April 14, 2021 | Department News, Research

By April Espinoza Dr. Di VittorioDr. Di Vittorio was recently awarded a $580,000 grant from NASA to support her research program over the next three... Read More »

Dr. Michael Gross

Michael Gross named faculty director for the Center for Entrepreneurship

April 9, 2021 | Department News

Michael Gross, a founding faculty member and associate professor of the undergraduate Department of Engineering, has been named the... Read More »

Dr. Olga Pierrakos headshot

WFU Engineering Awarded $700K+ to Advance New Model for Engineering Education: Character Education and Entrepreneurial Mindset

December 15, 2020 | Department News

(Author: Adela Morales-Santana) With the support of the Kern Family Foundation, the Wake Forest University Department of Engineering... Read More »

Dr. Melissa Kenny

Building Community During a Pandemic: Dr. Melissa Kenny Reflects on Bringing a Personal Touch to Remote Teaching

November 30, 2020 | Student Projects

Assistant Teaching Professor Dr. Melissa Kenny is a natural academic with a heightened passion for teaching, educating, and cultivating... Read More »

Dr. Hunter Bachman

Visiting Assistant Professor, Dr. Hunter Bachman, Reflects on this Semester’s Teaching Experiences

November 17, 2020 | Department News

Dr. Hunter Bachman After years of teaching practice as a tutor and teaching assistant, Dr. Bachman applied his professional skills to educate students at a... Read More »

Dr. Kyana Young

Dr. Kyana Young Receives Awards for Innovative Water Recycle Project and Impactful Community Outreach Program

October 30, 2020 | Department News, Research, Student Projects

Dr. Kyana Young Dr. Kyana Young recently received a Collaboration Grant with Tunisian colleague and microbiologist Dr. Sihem Jebri. With an academic... Read More »

Americorps worker Julia Haynes and Wake Forest senior engineering student Goren Jovanovic nail pre-built walls.

Visiting Professor of Practice Nick Lutzweiler and Capstone team Gain Local Recognition Covered by The Winston Salem Journal for Their Work with Habitat for Humanity

October 9, 2020 | Department News, Student Projects

(Author: Sydney Smith) [caption id="attachment_1065" align="alignleft" width="300"] Wake Forest senior engineering students Goran... Read More »

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Dr. Lauren Lowman and Dr. Erin Henslee Announced as 2020 Engineering Unleashed Fellows

October 6, 2020 | Department News

(Author: Yassmin Shaltout) engineering unleashed announcement imageAssistant Professors Dr. Lauren Lowman and Dr. Erin Henslee were selected to be part of a 29-person cohort... Read More »

An orthomosaic of Lake Katharine collected from a drone

Dr. Courtney Di Vittorio Receives a Pilot Grant to Develop Novel Bio‐Optical and Lake Hydrodynamic Modeling Approaches to Monitor Water Quality

September 17, 2020 | Department News, Research

(Author: Yassmin Shaltout) Dr. Courtney Di VittorioAs a Civil Engineer and Water Resource Management Specialist, Dr. Courtney Di Vittorio has a natural... Read More »

Students meeting faculty

Engineering Open House 2020

August 20, 2020 | Department News



August 24, 2020 2:00-5:00pm

[caption id="attachment_983" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Students meeting faculty First... Read More »

Dr. Saami Yazdani Receives $2M NIH Grant for Interdisciplinary Drug Delivery Research

July 31, 2020 | Department News | Undergraduate Research

(Author: Yassmin Shaltout) In an effort to deliver therapeutic medication to peripheral vascular disease patients ( > 8 million... Read More »

Ultimaker 3D printer

Dr. Kyle Luthy Collaborates with WakerSpace to Provide Nearly 8,000 “Ear Savers” to Local Healthcare Heros

July 31, 2020 | Department News | Outreach

(Author: Yassmin Shaltout) For the past four months, Dr. Kyle Luthy has been in collaboration with Assistant Director Paul Whitener... Read More »

Dr. Henslee and Dr. Luthy Spotlighted on Wake Forest News

June 2, 2020 | Department News

Engineering professors don’t miss a beat during remote learning

Engineering classroom study"Students in Engineering 311: Control Systems and Instrumentation,... Read More »

academics and engagement awards

Dr. Courtney Di Vittorio and Dr. Kyana Young Win Award

April 30, 2020 | Department News

academics and engagement awardsDr. Courtney Di Vittorio, and Dr. Kyana Young win 2020 Academics & Engagement Champions of Change awards.

"In collaboration with the...

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Wake Forest Engineering Booklet

April 27, 2020 | Department News

engineering cover page image Want to know more about the Department of Engineering or the B.S. Engineering degree at Wake Forest University?  The Engineering... Read More »

Principal investigator Michael D. Gross, Ph.D. (pictured above, left) and Sixbert P. Muhoza, Ph.D., (right) postdoctoral research scientist

Dr. Gross and Dr. Muhoza featured in the Oak Ridge Associated Universities 2019 Annual Report

April 21, 2020 | Department News

[caption id="attachment_831" align="alignright" width="300"]Principal investigator Michael D. Gross, Ph.D. (pictured above, left) and Sixbert P. Muhoza, Ph.D., (right) postdoctoral research scientist Wake Forest engineering professor Michael Gross works with postdoc Sixbert... Read More »