Denver has become one of the country’s great centers for technical innovation, and the University of Denver is committed to be your gateway to that excitement and energy. Forbes recently named Denver the #1 City in the Country for BusinessArea Development magazine named Denver the best metro location in the Nation for economic development and jobs; the Kaufman Foundation ranks Denver and the Front Range in the Top 5 for start-ups in the country; and the unemployment rate for software engineers in Denver is, nearly, 0%. The Wall Street Journal recently talked about Denver as the nation’s Mecca for Millennials.

At DU we’re matching the momentum of Denver and Colorado. The University is making a major push around engineering, computer science, innovation and entrepreneurship.

In the recent years we’ve seen our Innovation Floor grow and become THE space for creating and building community. We’ve collaborated with Project X-ITE to host an Open Innovation Summit where students, faculty, staff, and industry came together to build the blueprint for a DU Smart Campus. We've had students win awards with Arrow Electronics, the Solar Decathlon and Women’s Startup Weekend. In 2018, the Inaugural Cohort of our Grand Challenges Scholars Program was selected and now the third cohort are kicking off their four-year journey to make advancements for the betterment of the world while becoming leaders themselves. 

Of course, our true mark of student success doesn’t rest solely on what they accomplish while at the Ritchie School. A real measure of our programs is where our students go upon graduating. Recent graduates have been accepted to PhD programs at Universities including Stanford, Washington and Georgia Tech; and will be working for companies including Tesla, Space-X, LinkedIn, Google, and Facebook.

These are wonderfully exciting times at your University of Denver and the Ritchie School and we look forward to sharing them with you. Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter.


Mission & Values

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    Our Mission

    Advancing technical and scientific knowledge and capabilities to improve quality of life for our global society

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    Our Vision

    We are a diverse learning and teaching community discovering creative solutions for healthy, global citizens living in a smart, sustainable world

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    Our Values

    We believe:

    • Students are the center of our academic programs
    • Students gain deeper knowledge through experiential learning
    • Inclusive excellence is essential to tapping into diverse talents, ways of thinking and working together
    • Collaboration across disciplines, boundaries and fields can lead to breakthroughs and innovation
    • Continuous innovation is essential to teaching and research
    • Creative thinking is fueled by an inquisitive nature and a quest for discovery
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    Joint ECE and MME Mission

    The joint mission of the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) at the undergraduate level is:

    • to offer programs that support and complement the mission of the University of Denver;
    • to provide a general undergraduate education in mechanical, computer and electrical engineering that prepare students for employment or graduate study;
    • to include interdisciplinary engineering work in all programs;
    • to encourage the professional development of the faculty, and
    • to foster the professional awareness of the students. 

Strategic Plan

The School is at the forefront of inquiry and discovery to address societal goals locally, nationally and internationally. Faculty are dedicated to collaborative, inclusive discovery and knowledge creation. They work across disciplines within the school and around the DU campus while partnering with industry, government, and universities across globe.

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  • University of Denver

    The University of Denver is accredited by the regional accreditation agency, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. It provides assurance to the public that the institution meets the agency’s clearly stated requirements and criteria.

  • ABET Engineering Accreditation

    The Ritchie School’s bachelor of science degrees in computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (abet.org). ABET is a nonprofit, ISO 9001 certified organization that accredits college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET has accredited over 4,300 programs at more than 850 institutions in 41 countries.

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