History

College History

Nestled in the foothills of the spectacular Wasatch Mountains, the College of Engineering had its origins in the State School of Mines, established in the 1890s. Dedicated to enhancing Utah’s mining industry, it was among the first engineering programs west of the Mississippi River. A strong tradition of educational and technical support for local industry continues to the present day.

The first modern four-year engineering degree at the school was introduced in 1895. Joseph F. Merrill was the first principal and the Merrill Engineering Building was named in his honor. According to University records, Richard Lyman was recruited from Brigham Young Academy to teach the technical engineering curriculum. Lyman organized the first Department of Engineering in 1896.

During the past 100+ years, the College has graduated over 12,000 engineers. Many engineering alumni have gone on to achieve international recognition in industry, manufacturing, research, education, law, medicine and many other professions.

Some of the companies founded by graduates and faculty of the College of Engineering include: TRW, Evans and Sutherland, Silicon Graphics, Netscape, WordPerfect, Sarcos, Opto 22, Novell, Atari, Adobe Systems, and Pixar, to name only a few. Many other graduates hold executive leadership positions in companies and educational institutions around the world.

Currently, the College has approximately 3,400 undergraduate students and more than 1,000 graduate students. The College also has 156 tenure-track faculty members and $81.5M in research expenditures, placing it 30th among 206 schools in research productivity according to the 2012 ASEE Profiles.

Download “A History of The College of Engineering 1850 – 2000″ by Dietrich K. Gehmlich, Professor Emeritus, in PDF format (8.8 MB).


Deans of the College

Joseph Merrill
Joseph F. Merrill
1897-1928
Richard Ketchum
Richard B. Ketchum
1928-1939
Albert Taylor
Albert L. Taylor
1939-1952
Samuel Kistler
Samuel S. Kistler
1952-1965
Max Williams
Max L. Williams
1965-1973
Wayne Brown
Wayne S. Brown
1973-1978
Laurence Lattman
Laurence H. Lattman
1978-1983
Joseph Andrade
Joseph D. Andrade
1983-1987
David Pershing
David W. Pershing
1987-1998
Gerald Stringfellow
Gerald B. Stringfellow
1998-2003
Richard Brown
Richard B. Brown
2004-Present

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