The College of Engineering at UMass Amherst is a great place to launch a career. U.S. News & World Report ranks our college 37th among all public engineering colleges in the country and number one among those in New England. For the ninth consecutive year, UMass Amherst is among the 100 “Best College Values” in public colleges compiled by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. Money magazine ranks us among the nation’s best colleges based on the most bang for the tuition buck. Some 90 percent of our graduates typically find engineering jobs within six months of graduation, with a mean starting salary of $65,000 per year.
We offer our students world-class professors, excellent academic programs, hands-on experiential learning opportunities, personalized career planning advice, a highly employable profession, a great place to live, and a terrific value! And for the third straight year, the University of Massachusetts Amherst ranks No. 1 for campus dining in the nation by The Princeton Review.
Our student enrollment has doubled in the past decade, and the quality of our accepted students is the highest ever, with their GPA and SAT scores among the very highest on campus. We currently enroll 2,202 undergraduate students and 567 graduate students. Over 56 percent of our engineering undergrads receive financial aid. The College of Engineering awards over $400,000 in scholarships to sophomore, junior, and senior engineering undergraduates, with the average award being $1,500.
More than 80 percent of our undergrads participate in distinctive experiential learning opportunities, including paid internships, co-ops, study abroad, undergraduate research, entrepreneurship competitions, engineering living and learning communities, student societies, community service, maker spaces, Commonwealth Honors College, the Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program, and more. All these opportunities hand our students the applied, hands-on experience they will need to attract professional job offers.
The College of Engineering now conducts a “Freshman Seminar” for all first-year students to give them the information and skills they will need to navigate, survive, and thrive in the university and the college. These classes provide a core group of friends who support one another as they embark on their new journey.
The Engineering Career and Experiential Learning Center prepares students for career and professional opportunities and provides a place where engineering students, faculty, and employers can meet and develop mutually beneficial relationships. The center offers students career planning assistance, access to co-ops and internships, resume reviews, interview preparation, and invitations to numerous on-campus recruiting sessions by companies that employ engineers. The center also offers many of these same services to our graduate students.
The Diversity Programs Office offers opportunities to underrepresented minorities for professional development, mentoring, tutoring, and access to support networks across campus. Six student engineering organizations are the heart of the DPO: the Society of Women Engineers (SWE); the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE); the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE); and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), Out in Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM); and the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE).
There are more than 25 recognized student groups in the College of Engineering, including those associated with both interdisciplinary and discipline-specific professional organizations, honor societies, clubs, and competition teams.
Through study abroad, our engineering students can pursue their academic interests, experience life in a different culture, and gain the international skills future employers seek. The six institutions we have strong engineering education partnerships with are Glasgow, Limerick, Manchester, and Swansea in the UK, Adelaide in Australia, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Early planning is the key to making a semester abroad happen!
The College of Engineering has 120 tenure-track faculty members, most of whom have received prestigious awards, honors, and grants from the nation’s most respected government agencies and professional societies. The college has six endowed professorships in the areas of electrical and computer engineering, entrepreneurship and innovation, measurement science, professional development, renewable energy, and materials science. Teaching and research focus areas include biomedicine, sustainable energy, cybersecurity, mechatronics, and biomechanics - which all have strong, positive societal benefits that appeal to a new generation of engineers.
Extramural research in the College of Engineering has reached $31.5 million in expenditures in a total budget of $58.9 million. Among Massachusetts colleges and universities, UMass Amherst ranks fourth in research grants from the National Science Foundation, behind only MIT, Harvard, and Boston University. We are affiliated with over 16 campus-based research Centers and Institutes, including the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) established in 2014 based on a total investment of more than $150 million from the Massachusetts Life Science Center (MLSC) and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The vision of IALS is to translate fundamental research into innovative product candidates, technologies, and services that deliver benefits to human health and well-being.
I look forward to leading the college at this time of continuing growth, mindful of challenges, but quite excited about the opportunities lying ahead. My goal as dean is to continue our upward trajectory as seamlessly as possible.
(Last updated August 2018)