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 46th in the U.S., each in the size of our undergraduate and graduate enrollment. The number of tenure-track faculty has increased by 71 percent since 2002, placing us 26th in the nation in faculty size.
Working closely with University of Utah, state and industry leaders, the College has a clear vision of its role as a leader of innovation, technology commercialization, and production of engineers and computer scientists. We must continue to provide outstanding talent for companies engaged in fiercely competitive global markets.
The College has increased the number of degrees awarded by nearly 140 percent since 1999, fueling Utah’s growing high-tech economy by providing greater numbers of engineering and computer science graduates. In 2015, the college awarded 876 degrees – 497 bachelor’s, 291 master’s and 88 doctoral degrees.
And that tremendous growth is expected to continue. Thanks to the Engineering Initiative that began during Gov. Michael Leavitt’s administration and this year provided an additional $3.5 million in ongoing and $1 million in one-time funds to the state’s schools, we have taken on the challenge of tripling the number of engineering graduates to feed Utah’s rising technology sector.
In addition to the College of Engineering’s contribution to developing an outstanding workforce, the faculty has increased engineering research to more than $77.6 million per year (up from $25 million more than a decade 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 is ranked among the top 50 U.S. engineering schools in total annual research expenditures by ASEE.
Driven by interdisciplinary collaboration and entrepreneurial spirit, our students and faculty form ventures that keep society productive, healthy and entertained. We continue to successfully commercialize intellectual property through invention disclosures, patents, and ultimately, startup companies. In FY 2015, the College of Engineering filed 52 invention disclosures and obtained 31 U.S. patents. Since 2006, the college’s faculty and students have founded 53 startup companies from university research.
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, College of Engineering at the University of Utah