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Fifteen and Counting

Tuesday, November 18, 2014



Approximately 100 people turned out last week to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science (SEMS) at Robert Morris University during a VIP dinner at the Montour Country Club.

The school started in 1999 with just 22 engineering students, and today enrolls more than 1,000 across several disciplines including mathematics, actuarial science, biology, environmental science, and engineering, which is now the largest undergraduate major at RMU.

Maria V. Kalevitch, dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science, attributes its success to high-achieving faculty and staff who live RMU’s mission each day.

“They are committed to high-quality teaching, pursue active programs of research and scholarship, incorporate their research into their teaching, and include students in research projects,” said Kalevitch.

Among the school’s accolades and achievements in its 15 years: 

  • Recent grants to the school include $112,000 from the Research in Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania initiative to print hydraulic filters in collaboration with Schroeder Industries; and $186,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop an industry-wide standard for software verification.

  • The Actuarial Science Program is one of the only 25 Centers for Actuarial Excellence worldwide, as designated by the Society of Actuaries, the leading professional association in the field. RMU was one of the original 12 institutions to earn this prestigious designation.
  • The school enjoys partnerships with some of the nation’s leading medical, dental, chiropractic, and veterinary school for qualified students studying pre-medicine to gain automatic admission to medical school upon graduation.
  • The SEMS Research and Outreach Center offers a range of camps, seminars, and other experiences for K-12 students, including the annual Girls in STEM Conference that promotes careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to middle and high school girls.
  • In response to industry demand, SEMS has added a certificate program in land management, an energy minor, and energy and manufacturing certificates in collaboration with the new Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh.

“The School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science is animated by the same values that have guided Robert Morris for 93 years, and yet SEMS perfectly represents the RMU of 2014: A hands-on, professionally focused curriculum that is augmented with engaged learning experiences, and an emphasis on community outreach, applied research, leadership, and workforce development,” said RMU President Gregory G. Dell’Omo.