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Fowler School of Engineering

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andrew-lyon.jpgWelcome to Chapman’s newest academic venture, the Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler School of Engineering. As Dean, it is my pleasure to lead our team forward in this innovative and immersive educational experience. It’s an exciting opportunity to be able to build a new school from the ground up. We have new physical spaces for learning and an entirely new curriculum that is radically different from anything else in academia or engineering.

In Fowler Engineering, we have embraced new methods of instruction based on participation and collaboration. From day one, we challenge students to start solving real world problems. To work as part of a team. To think like entrepreneurs as they learn not through abstract studies, but through concrete, hands-on practice. Our foundational Engineering 101 curriculum immerses students in all of our various disciplines to design and fabricate new devices and systems that are limited only by our students’ creativity. Through Chapman’s Grand Challenges Initiative, students have the opportunity to work with truly interdisciplinary teams — not just fellow engineers, but students in other sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, providing them with an unparalleled experience in collaborative problem solving that will benefit them throughout their careers.

Our faculty represent the very best combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. Students work closely with faculty as they pursue impactful research questions, explore complex problems, and find solutions that reach far beyond the classroom.

As part of our forward-thinking strategy, we have designed a curriculum that is nimble and dynamic, able to respond to the rapid rate of technological evolution. The world is always changing, and we are preparing students who are ready to change with it.

It’s with these dynamic educational experiences in mind that we designed the Keck Center for Science and Engineering. Open spaces, cutting-edge maker labs and interactive meeting spaces foster the atmosphere needed to create a truly collaborative learning environment. Forget the classroom — our students will be surrounded with hands-on opportunities from the beginning of their educational careers.

I am proud of the team we’ve assembled, and the progressive, synergistic approach to learning that is at the heart of the Fowler School of Engineering. Everything we’ve assembled — first-rate faculty, a forward-thinking curriculum, and an immersive learning environment designed for collaborative learning — has one single purpose: To launch a new generation of students who are amazing innovators, leaders, and creators – and who are the most sought after in the country.


L. Andrew Lyon,
Dean, Fowler School of Engineering

About the Dean

Dr. Andrew Lyon has over 20 years of experience as a chemist, bioengineer, educator, and entrepreneur and currently serves as the Founding Dean of the Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler School of Engineering at Chapman University. Prior to his current role, he served as Dean of the Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University from 2014-2018. Before arriving at Chapman, Dr. Lyon spent 16 years at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a member of the Chemistry & Biochemistry faculty and directing a research program aimed at creating new types of biomaterials for regenerative medicine applications. In addition to his role at Chapman, he is the co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Sanguina, Inc., SelSym Biotech, Inc., and Split Rock Therapeutics, LLC, three early-stage biotechnology companies. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER, Beckman Young Investigator, Research Corporation Research Innovation, and Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and the National Fresenius Award.


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