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Mission Statement

The mission of the Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is to advance the highest quality education and research in engineering and applied science through engaging experiences and environments that promote critical thinking, creativity, ethics and leadership.

An Inclusive Environment

The Hajim Dean’s Office is dedicated to creating and sustaining an inclusive environment for all students irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

Enrollment, graduating students

Of the approximately 1764 full-time engineering undergraduates in the Fall of 2017...

  • 31% are women
  • 11% are underrepresented minorities
  • 27% are international students

Of the 379 Bachelor’s Degrees awarded in the 2016-17 academic year.

  • 33% were women
  • 8% were underrepresented minorities
  • 20% were international students

Of the 2016-17 graduating seniors...

Trends in Undergraduate Enrollment

Click here to see changes in undergraduate enrollment, by department and class, since the 2011-2012 academic year.


The Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has 95 tenure/tenure-track faculty in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Best Graduate Schools 2010

The University of Rochester's Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Graduate Programs are Nationally-Ranked #45 by US News and World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools 2017!

Edmund Hajim’s $30 million gift commitment to the school in 2008 was the largest in the University’s history.

The University of Rochester first offered engineering courses in 1908. The emphasis was on mechanical engineering.

Eastman Kodak Co. and Bausch and Lomb Optical were instrumental in providing the funds to establish The Institute of Optics in 1929. The Institute has awarded nearly half of all U.S. optics degrees.

Computer Science is now the Hajim School department with the largest undergraduate enrollment. Its graduating class in May 2017 will be about 34 percent female, double the national average.

Two of the school’s six department chairs are women – Diane Dalecki in biomedical engineering and Sandhya Dwarkadas in computer science. So is the school’s dean – Wendi Heinzelman.

19 Hajim School faculty members are also scientists at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

15 have received prestigious NSF CAREER awards.

Goergen Hall is 981 feet from the Medical Center – less than a five-minute walk – facilitating research and educational collaborations.

The measurement was taken by Greg Gdowski, director of the Medical Technology and Innovation master’s program, whose students take advantage of that proximity to design and build medical devices after immersing themselves in clinical settings.

In its first year of full implementation, the Hajim School STEM-Gems program increased the first-year retention rate of low-income, first generation and underrepresented racial minority students in engineering to 88 percent, compared to an average of 57 percent the prior five years.

More than 70 senior capstone projects were on display during Hajim Design Day in 2016. Twenty-nine were sponsored by outside companies or agencies, another 10 by Medical Center faculty and one by a University of Ghana faculty member.

Spain was the country most often picked by Hajim School students studying abroad during the 2015-16 school year.