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The College of Engineering was established in 1884 as the Department of Engineering, an outgrowth of work in applied mathematics first offered in the Department of Literature, Science, and Arts. The first degree in engineering, a Bachelor of Science with a major in civil engineering, was conferred in 1888. Civil engineering degrees have been conferred since 1894 and electrical engineering degrees since 1896.
Degrees in architecture were conferred in the College of Engineering from 1909 through 1951, when the School of Architecture became an autonomous division of the University. Degrees in chemical engineering have been conferred since 1916; degrees in mechanical engineering since 1919; degrees in architectural engineering since 1928; degrees in petroleum engineering since 1931; degrees in aeronautical engineering from 1943 to 1959 and in aerospace engineering since 1960; degrees in ceramic engineering from 1948 to 1961; degrees in meteorology from 1951 to 1963; and degrees in geosystems engineering and hydrogeology, offered jointly with the College of Natural Sciences, since 1996. A degree in engineering science was offered from 1960 until 1988.
Engineering education affords individuals the opportunity to prepare themselves for life in an era when human well-being depends more than ever before on the ability to apply technology for the benefit of society. It has become clear that in producing the goods and services demanded by an expanding population, we must consider the effects of technology on the environment. Solution of many of the problems faced by society today will involve a high level of technology.
Engineers are involved with all the devices and systems made by and for people--buildings and factories, transportation and communication systems, equipment for generating and distributing electrical energy, computers and electronic devices; indeed, all of the manufactured products we see around us. Engineers of diverse backgrounds working together and with other professionals have produced heart pumps, surgical lasers, robotics for manufacturing and construction, polymers, safer and more efficient nuclear reactors, advances in space research and in environmental protection, safe and attractive bridges, satellites and telecommunication systems, and small but powerful computers. Just as much of the technology being applied today has been developed within the past ten years, the solution of tomorrow's problems will require the development of new technology through engineering research.
In addition to its traditional function of giving men and women the opportunity to prepare for careers as professional engineers, the College of Engineering also has a second function: providing the opportunity to acquire a technical background to students who plan to continue their education in areas such as business, public affairs, law, medicine, and scientific disciplines related to engineering. The engineering faculty willingly accepts its obligation to enhance cooperation between engineers and others working to improve the quality of life.
The College of Engineering is organized into academic departments that offer a variety of degrees. Although there are distinct differences among the degree programs, they have much in common; all are based on a foundation of mathematics, natural sciences, and basic engineering subjects. Following the development of an adequate foundation during the first two years, an engineering student begins concentrated study in a particular area. During the senior year the student delves into practical engineering problems, developing skills in defining a problem, translating available information into equations that can be analyzed logically, creating additional information when necessary, and choosing a course of action that has a reasonable chance of producing the desired results.
The college seeks to give students the knowledge necessary to take advantage of opportunities in a number of areas. The engineer who begins a professional career immediately following graduation usually will find opportunity for a variety of responsible positions in industry and government. The first assignments usually are of a technical nature. Later, one may choose to become a technical specialist or to move into positions involving administration and management. Either choice can lead to a rewarding professional career.
Many engineering graduates elect to continue their education. Studies by the American Society for Engineering Education indicate that nearly 50 percent of all engineering graduates eventually earn a master's degree. Most do their graduate work in engineering, either in a professional program where advanced design techniques are emphasized or in a graduate school where the emphasis is on research. Others elect to enroll in graduate programs in other disciplines. The flexibility to accommodate a broad spectrum of educational objectives has been incorporated into the degree structure of the College of Engineering through technical area options and electives that permit students to define programs of study that best suit their needs.
The College of Engineering occupies five buildings on the central campus, with a total of 927,000 square feet for classrooms, laboratories, and offices. The Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory and a substantial number of other engineering research laboratory facilities are housed at the J. J. Pickle Research Campus, about six miles north of the central campus.
The University library system, one of the largest academic libraries in the United States, includes the General Libraries, the Tarlton Law Library, and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. The General Libraries consist of the Perry-Castañeda Library, the Undergraduate Library, and several branch libraries and special collections; these units together house more than six million volumes, covering almost all fields of academic and scientific research.
The Richard W. McKinney Engineering Library, a branch of the General Libraries located in Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall, contains more than 170,000 volumes and some 1,500 current serial subscriptions. It supports teaching and research in all fields offered by the college. Extensive facilities are available for computer retrieval of technical literature at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/. Special files include manufacturing catalogs, industry standards, United States patents, and selected technical material issued by NASA and other government agencies.
Other branch libraries of special interest to engineers are the Architecture and Planning Library, the Mallet Chemistry Library (which includes chemical engineering), the Walter Geology Library, the Kuehne Physics-Mathematics-Astronomy Library, and the Life Science Library.
Office of Student Affairs
The purpose of the Office of Student Affairs (SAO) is to advise and counsel students about problems or concerns they have about their academic work or life in the the college. The associate dean for student affairs and the office staff represent the college dean in most student matters. The Office of Student Affairs also offers academic advising and other services to students.
Academic advisers assist students with the evaluation of career and academic alternatives, time management, finances, and personal problems. The advisers help students identify campus resources such as study skills courses and tutoring services to improve academic performance. The SAO administers the Engineering Students with Disabilities Program, the First-Year Engineering Honors Program, the Engineering Honors Program, Orientation, and the Engineering Fall Gathering Mentor program, among others. The SAO also serves as a liaison between the student and other campus offices, such as the Office of Admissions, the Counseling and Mental Health Center, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Student Financial Services, University Health Services, the UT Learning Center, and the academic departments.
More information is given at http://www.engr.utexas.edu/sao/.
Frequent contact with an adviser can help any student develop educational opportunities that will improve his or her academic performance. It is important, therefore, for all students with questions or concerns to ask for help from the SAO advising staff.
The SAO advises all newly admitted first-year students during Orientation; after that first enrollment, however, the college requires students to be advised in their major departments each semester to fulfill the engineering advising requirement. The departmental faculty advisers answer questions about course selection, basic and major sequence requirements, technical option blocks, and other major-specific or departmental requirements.
For more information, call (512) 471-4321 or visit the SAO at Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200. The e-mail address is email@example.com.
Office of Student Life
The Office of Student Life provides a variety of student development and community-building services and programs for students in the college. The office coordinates the Engineering Fall Gathering (with the Student Engineering Counsel) and the First-Year Mentor Program, the LeaderShape Texas Institute, Engineering Student Ambassadors and First-Year Recruiting, prospective student group meetings, Interpersonal Communications Skills Training, Dean's Leadership Retreat, Parent's Weekend (for the college), Gone to Texas (for the college), and commencement student marshals. It is the primary liaison to the engineering student organizations. More information is given at http://www.engr.utexas.edu/students/stay/studentlife.cfm.
Equal Opportunity in Engineering Program
The Equal Opportunity in Engineering Program (EOE) seeks to promote academic excellence by supporting supplemental instruction classes, tutoring, and research opportunities to all engineering students. Students from groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in the engineering profession, such as African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans, may benefit particularly from the program. EOE encourages community support and involvement in the promotion of academic excellence by conducting mentoring programs and by being available to assist student engineering organizations, including the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Pi Sigma Pi Minority Academic Engineering Society, with their activities.
EOE also promotes career and professional development by providing engineering students contact with industry and federal and state agencies. EOE helps students find summer, co-op, and permanent employment by conducting an annual job fair.
In addition, EOE works to encourage precollege students to pursue careers in engineering through outreach initiatives such as the World of Engineering campus visitation program and the nationwide MITE summer residential program.
For more information about EOE programs, contact the EOE office at (512) 471-5953 or see http://www.engr.utexas.edu/eoe.
Women in Engineering Program
The Women in Engineering Program (WEP) was established by the college in 1992 to recruit more women into engineering, to increase the percentage of female engineering graduates, and to provide a supportive structure that encourages the success of women in the college. WEP serves as an advocate for women students and offers precollege enrichment programs, first-year student programs, tutoring assistance, mentoring opportunities, graduate school seminars, and career development workshops.
Engineering Students with Disabilities
The Engineering Students with Disabilities Program (ESD) is administered through the College of Engineering Office of Student Affairs (SAO). ESD seeks to facilitate the academic progress of students with disabilities by making them aware of the accommodations available to them. The student is counseled about registration with the Dean of Students and how to interact with the faculty.
Students with a known disability that can hinder academic performance are encouraged to visit the SAO, Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200, to discuss the ESD program. Information is also available by phone at (512) 471-4321 and by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Engineering Study Abroad
Each semester, a growing number of students in the college pursue their interest in traveling abroad and studying in a foreign country. Several exchange programs, with various language requirements,offer courses that may be counted toward the engineering degree.
Students are able to earn a certificate in international engineering studies by completing requirements that include a study abroad experience and associated cultural enrichment studies. For more information on the International Engineering Studies Certification Program, contact the Study Abroad Liaison, Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 10.326, or see http://www.engr.utexas.edu/aao/study_abroad/.
Financial Assistance Available through the College of Engineering
Undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, research assistantships, student assistantships, loans, and other kinds of financial aid are available to students in the College of Engineering. Information and application forms are available from the Scholarship Office, Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.106, and department offices and at http://www.engr.utexas.edu/scholarships/index.cfm.
Engineering Career Assistance Center
The College of Engineering assists students as they pursue professional career opportunities through the Engineering Career Assistance Center (ECAC). The major objective of the Career Center is to assist engineering students through counseling and a comprehensive on-campus recruiting program to prepare for and conduct the job search. Students should register with the ECAC in August each academic year to receive full benefit of the center's services.
Located in Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.400, the Engineering Career Assistance Center hosts as many as twenty-three interviewers daily throughout the fall and spring recruiting seasons. Interviewers represent hundreds of companies seeking graduates, co-op students, and summer interns in all engineering disciplines to fill positions worldwide.
The Career Center offers individual career counseling services to engineering students on a walk-in basis and by appointment. Topics addressed in individual counseling sessions and workshops include resume and letter writing, interviewing skills, dressing for success, site visits, salary negotiation, and conducting an electronic job search.
For additional information, consult the Career Center at (512) 471-1915 or visit http://www.engr.utexas.edu/ecac.
Cooperative Engineering Education Program
When applying for a job, graduating engineering students have discovered that employers seek applicants with significant practical work experience in addition to good academic knowledge. The Cooperative Engineering Education (Co-op) Program permits engineering students to obtain one year of work experience directly related to their field of study. Students gain this experience while completing undergraduate work at the University by alternating semesters of full-time campus study with training in industry.
Students should apply for admission to the Co-op Program in Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.400 at least one semester before they plan to begin a Co-op work term. They must have completed at least twenty-eight semester hours of basic sequence coursework but no more than ninety hours of work to be counted toward an engineering degree. The student's completed coursework must include at least eight hours of physics, eight hours of calculus, and coursework in his or her engineering discipline. He or she must have a University grade point average of at least 2.50. Transfer students must have completed at least one semester at the University.
Each student must schedule at least three alternating work semesters for a total of one full year of cooperative education employment. The student must complete the full year of work experience to realize the full academic and professional value of the program. He or she is then eligible to receive three hours of credit on the letter-grade basis that may be applied toward the engineering degree as a technical elective.
More information is given at http://www.engr.utexas.edu/ecac/student/newco-op.htm.
Faculty members and students of the College of Engineering may participate in a wide variety of research projects conducted under the Bureau of Engineering Research. The bureau and its component research units are supported by federal, state, and industrial research contracts and grants that provide part-time employment for selected undergraduate and graduate students and for some faculty members. Over six hundred individual research projects are usually underway at any one time. In addition to providing students with experience in research methodology and with the chance to contribute to basic knowledge, these research projects enable faculty members to keep abreast of developments in their principal areas of interest.
Research units currently operating within the Bureau of Engineering Research are the Center for Aeromechanics Research, Texas Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics, Computer Engineering Research Center, Center for Mechanics of Solids, Structures, and Materials, Construction Industry Institute, Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, Geotechnical Engineering Center, Microelectronics Research Center, Offshore Technology Research Center, Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Center for Space Research, Phil M. Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory, Telecommunications and Signal Processing Research Center, Center for Transportation Research, and Center for Research in Water Resources.
The Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory is an academic unit of the College of Engineering. Other research units include the Center for Control and Systems Research, Manufacturing Systems Center, and Center for Synthesis, Growth, and Analysis of Electronic Materials. Interdisciplinary research units operated cooperatively by the College of Engineering and other colleges are the Center for Biological and Medical Engineering, Center for Computational Finance, and Texas Materials Institute. Research organizations are located both on the central campus and at the J. J. Pickle Research Campus.
In 1955, the University's Board of Regents authorized establishment of the Engineering Foundation and the Engineering Foundation Advisory Council to promote academic excellence in engineering education. Since then, the generous contributions of alumni and individual and corporate friends of the college have enabled the Engineering Foundation to develop a program of excellence through the encouragement and support of innovation in teaching and research; the creation of academic and leadership enhancement programs for engineering students; the establishment of funds for scholarships and fellowships; the recognition of outstanding engineering faculty members with meritorious service awards; and the endowment of chairs, professorships, faculty fellowships, lectureships, and named rooms, laboratories, library collections, and book collections.
The Engineering Foundation office supports the work of the Engineering Foundation Advisory Council, a body of corporate leaders who volunteer to advise and assist the college. Through the Engineering Foundation, the college conducts fund-raising efforts in five areas of emphasis: the Industrial Program and Centers for Excellence, which seeks corporate support; Friends of Alec (alumni support); Student Engineering Gift Campaign (student-led fund-raising); endowments; and bequests and estate planning. The staff of the Engineering Foundation coordinates these efforts, and the Engineering Foundation Advisory Council provides strategic leadership.
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