What is Engineering Science?

What is Engineering Science?

Engineering science is a broad discipline that encompasses many different scientific principles and associated mathematics that underlie engineering. It integrates engineering, biological, chemical, mathematical, and physical sciences with the arts, humanities, social sciences, and the professions to tackle the most demanding challenges and advance the well-being of global society.

What do engineering scientists do?

The unique knowledge and interdisciplinary skill set of engineering scientists allows them to merge multidisciplinary resources to propose and develop innovative, enduring solutions and transform the latest scientific discoveries into enabling new technologies.

Engineering scientists research, develop, and design new materials, devices, sensors, and processes for a diverse range of applications.

Where do engineering scientists work?

Career opportunities for engineering science graduates are limited only by their imagination. Because of the breadth of their training, engineering scientists are well prepared to lead national and international interdisciplinary teams in a diverse array of science and engineering endeavors, including the legal profession, medicine, business, politics, and government service.

Penn State engineering science and mechanics alumni are successful entrepreneurs, business executives, captains of industry, leaders in national laboratories, startup founders, physicians, professors, and academic officials. Starting salaries for engineering science graduates in past years have been among the highest for all graduates in the College of Engineering.

Our graduates have gone on to work for the following companies and government agencies, in addition to many others:

  • AT&T
  • Bechtel Bettis
  • Boeing
  • Conoco-Phillips
  • Dupont
  • ExxonMobil
  • Ford
  • General Electric
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • IBM
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Lucent Technologies
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Pratt and Whitney
  • Raytheon
  • Siemens
  • U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
  • United States Marine Corps
  • Unites States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Westinghouse

Approximately fifty percent of our engineering science graduates pursue advanced degrees at some of the nation’s top graduate, medical, and law schools:

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cornell University
  • Drexel University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Penn State College of Medicine
  • Stanford University
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • University of California Berkeley
  • University of Chicago Pritzker Medical School
  • University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Law School
  • University of Michigan
  • UCLA
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The Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) is an internationally distinguished department that is recognized for its globally competitive excellence in engineering and scientific accomplishments, research, and educational leadership.

Our Engineering Science program is the official undergraduate honors program of the College of Engineering, attracting the University’s brightest engineering students. We also offer graduate degrees in ESM, engineering mechanics, engineering at the nano-scale, and an integrated undergraduate/graduate program.

Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

212 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4523