To prepare students for leadership positions and professional practice in academia, industry and government; to improve the productivity, health, safety and enjoyment of human life through leading-edge research; and to stimulate and grow the economy by providing qualified engineering professionals and by transferring the technologies developed in College of Engineering research to the private sector.
The latest report by the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) ranks the University of Utah’s College of Engineering 49th of 360 schools in the size of our undergraduate enrollment. ASEE also ranks Utah Engineering:
- Among the top 50 schools for undergraduate and graduate enrollment in computer science, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering
- 36th of 203 schools in total annual research expenditures
- 37th of 337 schools for the number of tenure-track faculty – an increase of 50 percent in the past six years
Strength In Numbers
Concern over U.S. global competitiveness has become a national priority, and with it, efforts to increase the number of U.S. students seeking degrees in engineering and computer science. The need is so important that Congress passed the America COMPETES (Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science) Act, authorizing $43.3 billion in federal spending in science, engineering, mathematics and technology research and education programs. The bipartisan bill passed unanimously in the Senate, and by an overwhelming 367-57 margin in the House. Former President Bush signed the bill into law on August 9, 2007.
At the University of Utah, we have been focused on this issue for over a decade, leading a statewide effort to increase engineering and computer science degrees to support growth in the state, regional and national economies. Our efforts are paying off. In May 2011, the College awarded 674 degrees. In the past decade, the total number of engineering and computer science degrees at the University of Utah increased by an amazing 76 percent.
Additionally, the faculty has grown engineering research to more than $68 million per year (up from $25 million eight years ago). The College’s success in research has contributed to its being ranked among the top 100 Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences programs by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.