The College of Engineering at UMass Amherst is a great place to launch a career. U.S. News & World Report ranks our college 32nd among all public engineering colleges in the country and number one among those in New England. Money magazine ranks us among the nation’s “Best Bang for the Buck” colleges. Some 90 percent of our graduates typically find engineering jobs within six months of graduation, with an average starting salary of $66,000 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 The Princeton Review even ranked UMass Amherst as first in the country for Best Campus Food in 2016.
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 2,108 undergraduate students and 572 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. Enrollment is under twenty students, so the classes provide a core group of friends who support on another as they embark on their new journey.
The Engineering Career and Student Development 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 our students career planning assistance, access to co-ops and internships, resumé 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.
The College of Engineering has 113 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. Since 2014, 50 percent of our faculty hires have been female and there are currently ten faculty searches in progress. Teaching and research focus areas include biomedicine, sustainable energy, cyber security, mechatronics, and biomechanics - which all have strong, positive societal benefits that appeal to a new generation of engineers.
Extramural research at the college has reached $24.5 million in expenditures, and the total budget of the college is $47.5 million. We operate 14 national research centers, including the $7.5-million Northeast Climate Science Center, funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Twenty-three of current faculty members have now won prestigious NSF CAREER awards for young academics. Just to put the quality of our researchers in perspective, approximately half of our current faculty have received CAREER Awards and/or were selected as Fellows of their professional organizations.
During our recently completed UMass Rising campaign, the College of Engineering raised more than $34,096,000 to support talented students, first-class faculty, buildings and infrastructure, research and programs, and our Annual Fund.
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 October 2016)