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Welcome to the Engineering Management Program at Catholic University


As the inaugural Associate Dean of Engineering (External Affairs), my duties include: Building partnerships and new academic programs; Supporting the strategic planning and execution for existing undergraduate and graduate engineering programs at CUA: Biomedical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; Mechanical Engineering; Materials Science & Engineering; and Engineering Management; and  Serving as Director of the “Engineering Management” graduate program, as Director of the “Off-Campus” graduate program, and as Director of the “Materials Science & Engineering” graduate program. 

It was my privilege to graduate from the Catholic University Engineering Management Program and to serve in the US Navy as a nuclear trained submarine officer. The Engineering Management Program helped to prepare me for leadership duties in the US Navy, and for leadership roles as the Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy and later in Academia.  

The 3 attributes which distinguish the CUA Engineering Management Program from others are Credibility, Flexibility, and Commitment.      


Our credibility is sustained by our Values and by our Experienced Faculty.

Values and competitive advantages that distinguish the Catholic University School of Engineering from other engineering schools are:  Excellence, Ethical Character Development, Caring Service, and Location in the Capital of the United States of America.  Experienced Faculty within the CUA Engineering Management Program have the education and the career acquired wisdom to provide students with an understanding of engineering management practices as well as the underlining theory. By the numbers:

  • 12 (all Faculty)- have successfully demonstrated leadership and management in technical organizations.
  • 5 of 12 Faculty are graduates of a US Military Service Academy (West Point, Annapolis, Kings Point).
  • 5 of 12 Faculty are Women or an Ethnic/Racial Minority.  
  • 3 of 12 Faculty are retired US Navy Admirals (one female and two males).
  • 5 Alumni are Vice Admirals (3 stars), with many more Alumni serving in distinguished positions.


We provide flexibility for our students via Options for Learning Focus and Delivery.

Options for Learning Focus:  CUA Engineering Management Program has three Degree tracks (Master of Science degree) and four Certificate options (Certificate in Engineering Management) available based on student needs.  The motivated part-time student can complete the MS degree in 2 years or less.  For US Navy Nuclear Trained Officers, the CUA Engineering Management Program offers a 30-credit degree that uses 12 credits (i.e. 40% of the program) based on completion of the Officers Naval Nuclear Propulsion Training Program or the Bettis Reactor Engineering School.   Options for Delivery:  Towards increased flexibility and access in learning for students, in addition to continued 100% Face to Face delivery- the CUA Engineering Management Program will transition via a Phased approach to an Online-Hybrid delivery starting in the Spring semester 2018:

Phase 1:  100% Face to Face and Online for Spring 2018 and Summer 2018: Teaching 100% Face to Face (classroom Off-campus in Crystal City, VA- near Washington DC metro stop) with Summer classes held at CUA), and concurrently recording Online to make available for Fully Online students- globally. 

Phase 2: Full range of options in Fall 2018 and beyond:  

  1. Teaching 100% Face to Face, and 
  2. Continuing Fully Online for globally distant students, and  
  3. Hybrid-Online:  25% Face to Face/75% Online for students who can travel to the classroom and who desire to periodically engage with the Professor face to face. 

Additionally, we are adding Distinguished Speakers (leveraging the CUA location in the Washington, DC area) who will periodically supplement the designated Professor starting in spring 2018 and the speaker sessions will be available online; and 3 new courses: Cyber Security for Engineering Managers; Procurement; and Engineering Management Tools.


We are committed to Excellence as our standard of performance in providing quality education, and we are committed to the career success of our students.

Engineering Management Program Director’s Intent:  The Catholic University of America Engineering Management Program endeavors to provide excellence in engineering management education for graduate students to enhance their careers and to accelerate their learning as they leverage new engineering and technological advances while leading, managing, and serving a diverse workforce within their respective organizations.

We look forward to supporting your education and continued career success.

Feel free to contact us at 202-319-5191.

VADM (ret.) Mel Williams, Jr.
Associate Dean of Engineering, External Affairs,
Director, Engineering Management Program  
Director, Off-campus Programs
Director, Materials Science and Engineering Program 



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