Case School of Engineering

Front view of Nord Hall, one of the main homes of Engineering faculty and programs

Engineering seeks to create new processes, products, methods, materials, or systems that impact and are beneficial to our society. To enable its graduates to lead the advancement of technology, the Case School of Engineering offers fourteen degree programs at the undergraduate level (twelve engineering degrees, plus the BS in computer science and the BS in data science and analytics). At the post-graduate level, the School of Engineering offers Master of Science programs and the Doctor of Philosophy for advanced, research-based study in engineering. The Case School of Engineering offers two specialized degrees at the master’s level: a Master of Engineering specifically for practicing engineers, and an integrated Master of Engineering and Management jointly administered with the Weatherhead School of Management. The Case School of Engineering also offers two dual degrees at the graduate level jointly administered with the School of Medicine: a Doctor of Medicine/Master of Science and a Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy.  The faculty and students participate in a variety of research activities offered through the departments and the interdisciplinary research centers of the university.

At the core of its vision, the Case School of Engineering seeks to set the standards for excellence, innovation, and distinction in engineering education and research prominence.

Statement of Educational Philosophy

The Case School of Engineering prepares and challenges its students to take positions of leadership in the professions of engineering and computer science. Recognizing the increasing role of technology in virtually every facet of our society, it is vital that engineering students have access to progressive and cutting-edge programs stressing five areas of excellence:

  • Mastery of fundamentals
  • Creativity
  • Societal awareness
  • Leadership skills
  • Professionalism

Emphasizing these core values helps ensure that tomorrow’s graduates are valued and contributing members of our global society and that they will carry out the tradition of engineering leadership established by our alumni.

The undergraduate program aims to create life-long learners by emphasizing engineering fundamentals based on mathematics, physical, and natural sciences. Curricular programs are infused with engineering innovation, professionalism (including engineering ethics and the role of engineering in society), professional communications, and multi-disciplinary experiences to encourage and develop leadership skills. To encourage societal awareness, students are exposed to and have the opportunity for in-depth study in the humanities, social sciences, and business aspects of engineering. Undergraduate students are encouraged to develop as professionals. Opportunities include the Cooperative Education Program, on-campus research activities, and participation in the student chapters of professional societies. Graduates are prepared to enter the workforce and be strong contributors as practicing engineers or continue for advanced study in engineering.

At the graduate level, the Case School of Engineering combines advanced classroom study with a rigorous independent research experience leading to significant results appropriate for publication in archival journals and/or presentation at leading technical conferences. Scientific integrity, engineering ethics, and communication skills are emphasized throughout the program.

Brief History

The Case School of Engineering was established on July 1, 1992, by an action of the Board of Trustees of Case Western Reserve University as a professional school dedicated to serving society and meeting the needs of industry, government and academia through programs of teaching and research.

The Case School of Engineering continues the tradition of rigorous programs based on fundamental principles of mathematics, science and engineering that have been the hallmark of its two predecessors, the Case School of Applied Science (1880) and the Case Institute of Technology (1947). The formation of the Case School of Engineering is a re-commitment to the obligations of the gift of Leonard Case, Jr., to serve the citizens of Northern Ohio. The Case School of Engineering has been a leader in many educational programs, being the first engineering school to offer undergraduate programs in computer engineering, biomedical engineering, polymer engineering, and systems and control engineering.


Enrollment Statistics by Degree Program (Fall 2017 - Fall 2021)

Data reflects sophomore, junior and senior declared Majors. 

CSE Degree Program Fall 2017 Fall 2018 Fall 2019 Fall 2020 Fall 2021
Aerospace Engineering 114 111 93 104 117
Biomedical Engineering 331 336 338 318 304
Chemical Engineering 170 169 149 151 138
Civil Engineering 60 61 66 55 62
Computer Engineering 44 26 30 37 35
Computer Science (BA and BS) 331 374 378 388 391
Data Science and Analytics 2 15 25 37
Electrical Engineering 153 141 155 135 111
Engineering Physics 26 20 19 12 16
General Engineering 0 0 1 0 3
Materials Science and Engr 49 38 41 31 34
Mechanical Engineering 303 303 285 286 270
Polymer Science and Engr 55 41 40 34 22
Systems and Control Engr 20 17 17 16 14

Graduation Statistics by Degree Program (AY 2017-18 - AY 2021-22)

CSE Degree Program 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
Aerospace Engineering 34 43 18 29 46
Biomedical Engineering 117 79 82 100 86
Chemical Engineering 59 61 46 52 46
Civil Engineering 24 19 26 23 22
Computer Engineering 22 11 11 19 11
BA in Computer Science 26 25 42 46 40
BS in Computer Science 54 90 85 89 94
Data Science and Analytics 1 5 14
Electrical Engineering 57 54 52 58 51
Engineering Physics 9 8 8 5 6
General Engineering 1 1 1 1 0
Materials Science and Engr 16 14 15 10 19
Mechanical Engineering 102 115 91 99 108
Polymer Science and Engr 22 12 20 17 8
Systems and Control Engr 5 4 6 6 4