The College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame is one of the oldest Colleges of Engineering in the country, founded in 1873. Many of the most significant discoveries and innovations were first performed here: the first wireless transmission in North America was from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart to the campus of St Mary’s by Professor Jerome Green, an Electrical Engineer, in 1899. Fr Albert Zahm, an aeronautical engineer who taught at Notre Dame, played a very large part in the invention of the airplane, indeed the largest part after the Wright Brothers and preceded them by many years. Fr Julius Niewland invented synthetic rubber in the 1930s before Carothers of Dupont. Notre Dame has a very proud and rich tradition in creativity and innovation in engineering.
Notre Dame has a number of signature areas in which it is a national leader. These include: (1) the invention of active plasma flow control by Tom Corke and its application to increased efficiency in airplanes, rotorcraft, trucks, turbomachinery, and wind turbines; (2) the field of aero-optics and the recreation of focused lasers after passing through turbulent air as led by Eric Jumper; (3) carbon capture by ionic liquids led by Joan Brennecke, Bill Schneider, and Ed Maginn; (4) predicting storm surge and planning for natural hazards by a group in Civil and Environmental Engineering; (5) world leading work on iris biometrics and other recognition strategies in Computer Science; and (6) the new national Semiconductor Research Center Focus group in nanoelectronics and tunneling field effect transistors, led by Alan Seabaugh in Electrical Engineering.
Peter Kilpatrick is the
Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, a position he has held since January 2008. He is also Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering there. He received his A.B. in Chemistry, summa cum laude, from
Occidental College in 1978 and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1983. He served on the faculty of North Carolina State University in Chemical Engineering from 1983 to 2007, rising to the rank of Professor, and served as the Department Head from 1999 to 2007.