First Catholic engineering


In 1873, Notre Dame became the first Catholic university in the country to offer engineering. Its long history of engineering developments include the first wind tunnel in America (aerospace), the first successful wireless transmission of messages (communications), the discovery of a new class of actinyl peroxide compounds (energy), and the demonstration of magnetic logic (computing).

The College of Engineering was officially founded in 1920, when most of the students pursued civil engineering because the country needed surveyors and designers of roads, bridges and railroads.