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Building a Better Future

School of Engineering

Engineering at St. Thomas is in high demand among students and employers. As the fastest-growing college at St. Thomas and the only private engineering college in Minnesota, we're uniquely positioned to address a dangerous shortage of engineers in the upper midwest. We blend top-notch engineering skills with our signature liberal arts education to create a new breed of engineer capable of solving 21st century problems.

At the St. Thomas School of Engineering, we create engineers unlike any other. As the only private engineering college in Minnesota, we develop engineers who are masters of the latest technology and grounded in a mission-based liberal arts education. Our students aren't just problem solvers, they're critical thinkers who are building a better future, for the Common Good. 

Did you know that engineers are in high demand but in short supply, in Minnesota and around the country? The School of Engineering is the fastest growing school at St. Thomas, and we are graduating engineers ready to enter the workforce and hit the ground running. We need your help to keep up with space and equipment to educate this critical group of Tommies.


Curt Kietzer

Director of Development, School of Engineering
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Phone Number
(651) 962-6913
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Meet the Dean

As dean, Weinkauf's mission is to bring together interdisciplinary and applied engineering education, two traits that define the St. Thomas School of Engineering. With an affable demeanor, more than two decades of academic leadership, and industry expertise as a chemical engineer, Weinkauf truly embodies the 21st-century engineer who can not only solve problems but also communicate solutions effectively. As the leader of the School of Engineering, Weinkauf is putting students first and educating the next generation of great engineers.

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Schoenecker Center Opening 2024

Reshaping the Student Experience

The Schoenecker Center will transform the university’s presence along Summit Avenue, where it will adjoin O’Shaughnessy Science Hall. Designed with input from corporate industry partners, the center will foster collaboration among students who otherwise may not have worked together in traditional classroom settings.

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Areas of Need

Facilities and Equipment

Our applied, hands-on approach is just one of the many factors that make a St. Thomas engineering education truly unique. Your support gives students access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that ensure our graduates will be entering the workforce with the skills and experience needed for engineering success in the 21st century.

Teaching Excellence

Our students become top-notch engineers because they're taught by top-notch professors. The St. Thomas School of Engineering attracts teaching talent from around the globe, and funding for endowed chairs and professorships helps us continue to recruit best-in-class faculty.


We're making St. Thomas more accessible to students of all backgrounds, one scholarship at a time. Your support of engineering scholarships opens the door for today's students to become the next generation of great engineers.