Program Highlights

An engineering professor hugs a graduating student during the 2017 undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Experienced and accessible faculty

Our highly educated and enthusiastic faculty members bring years of experience to the classroom. You will have the opportunity to build a strong working relationship that will continue long after you leave campus. 

A student wears a virtual reality headset during an interdisciplinary group project event.

Interprofessional excellence

You'll routinely work alongside medical, nursing, law and other students to complete projects that positively impact the community. Active student chapters of national associations continue to crop up on campus, creating more opportunities for you to get involved and get things done.   

A student types on a laptop during a high school programming competition hosted by the School of Engineering.

High-tech and hands-on

You'll learn in world-class labs with the latest equipment, and will go on to gain real-world experience through research, summer internships and a mandatory senior design project that seeks to solve real community problems.

eta Pi Honor Society

Engineering excellence for a better world

The School of Engineering’s honor society for engineering majors, eta Pi, recognizes those who have demonstrated excellence in the study and practice of engineering, as well as a commitment to the enhancement of the lives of others.

In name, eta Pi, refers to two Greek letters: lower case eta, which stands for “enhancing,” and upper-case Pi, the transcendental, mathematical constant woven into the very fabric of our profession. Together, they symbolize perpetual improvement in quality of life and the advancement of civilization as a whole. It is to these ends that this honor society is dedicated, and from which we get our motto, “Pi Vitam Praebet,” which means Pi Enhances Life.

Our members truly live this mission by coordinating and participating in various engineering-themed service opportunities throughout the year. For instance, hosting the Connecticut Technology Council‘s College Tech Challenge.

Membership to eta Pi is conferred upon students and alumni who have distinguished themselves in the field of engineering through superior scholarship, exemplary character and tangible achievements. All members embody our society’s aims and ideals.

The eight ideals of eta Pi are:

  • Science: The laws that lay the foundation for the world in which we live. It is our code.
  • Engineering: The creative application of mathematics, science and general knowledge.
  • Mathematics: The language of our profession, pure and always true.
  • Integrity: The quality of being completely honest and upright in all dealings.
  • Scholarship: The pursuit of high levels of knowledge and the tools needed to apply it.
  • Excellence: Our aspiration in everything that we do. 
  • Fellowship: Our mutual association and collective efforts, which, in turn, enhance our endeavors.
  • Service: A dedication to achieving peace, prosperity and balance with the world in which we live. Our legacy is built on this.


Building a successful career

When students arrive in our engineering programs, they begin to envision a future of possibilities. When they graduate, they do so ready to start building it. If our alumni aren't pursuing advanced engineering degrees in some of the nation's most prestigious graduate programs, they are developing parts and components for submarines and helicopters; revitalizing airports, bridges and other infrastructure — and some are even testing the limits of physics as professional hockey players.

Our graduates are self-starters and innovators who take their commitment to quality, safety and sustainability wherever they go. Independent engineering consultants such as Severud Associates have taken notice, as have Sikorsky Aircraft, Pratt & Whitney and a multinational tech giant called Google, among many others. 

Engineering student Tim Clifton '17 powers his guitar with a DC multi-output power supply circuit built as his final project.

Engineered harmonies

Engineering student Tim Clifton '17 powers his electric-acoustic guitar with a DC multi-output power supply circuit built as his final project in Professor Jose Riofrio's circuits lab.

Engineering student Tim Clifton pictured on ice as a member of the Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team.

All around all-star

Tim Clifton '17, was drafted to the NHL by the San Jose Sharks prior to graduating from Quinnipiac with his degree in mechanical engineering. While at Quinnipiac, Clifton was a leading scorer and held one of the highest GPAs on the team.

Life after Quinnipiac

A seamless transition from student to professional

Our engineering education is based in theory, but enhanced by practical experience, from class projects to internships that usually start the summer after sophomore year. So whether you want to build bridges or databases, we’ll help you develop the technical, professional and leadership skills you’ll need to join the growing ranks of our successful alumni.  

“Talk to your professors and tell them what you’re interested in doing. If you show genuine interest and willingness to work hard, there will always be an opportunity.”
Jonathan Gelfuso ’16
Mechanical Engineering