For more than a decade, the College of Engineering has been ramping up enrollment, faculty and facilities. According to the most recent American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Profiles, the College of Engineering is 49th of 360 schools in the size of our undergraduate enrollment, and 48th of 261 schools in graduate enrollment. The number of tenure-track faculty has increased by 50% in the past six years, placing us 37th out of 337 schools.
And, with the completion this past year of the Floyd and Jeri Meldrum Civil Engineering Building, and the near completion of the James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building, we will have added more than 200,000 square feet of physical plant.
Working closely with University of Utah, state and industry leaders, the College of Engineering has a clear vision of its role as a leader of innovation, technology commercialization, and production of engineers and computer scientists. We graduate more than half of the BS, MS and PhD engineers and computer scientists in Utah’s higher education system. We must continue to provide outstanding talent for companies engaged in fiercely competitive global markets.
In addition to the U of U’s contribution to developing an outstanding workforce, the faculty has grown engineering research to more than $68 million per year (up from $25 million eight years ago). University research is a major source of technology innovation that benefits companies seeking to maintain a competitive advantage and leads to spin-off companies that create new jobs. The College of Engineering is ranked 36th of 203 schools nationally in total annual research expenditures. The research results are disseminated through publications and technology commercialization so as to have a positive impact on humankind. 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.
As one of the fastest rising engineering programs in the nation, the College of Engineering looks to the future with a tremendous sense of optimism and anticipation to advance even further.
Richard B. Brown
Dean, University of Utah College of Engineering