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 71st of 310 schools in the size of our undergraduate enrollment. ASEE also ranks Utah Engineering:
27th of 251 schools in total annual research expenditures
37th of 264 schools for the number of tenure-track faculty
40th of 215 schools in the number of doctoral degrees
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 2018, the College awarded 1,184 degrees (716 B.S., 354 M.S., 114 Ph.D.)
Additionally, the faculty has grown engineering-related research to $97 million (with sub awards) in 2019, a 288 percent increase since 2002. This places our College in the top 50 engineering universities in the country for research productivity.