Welcome to the College of Engineering

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Dr. Brian Craig
Dean, College of Engineering

On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of Lamar University (LU), I welcome your interest in the College of Engineering at LU. The College has five academic departments: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees are offered in each of the five departments. As Dean of the College of Engineering, I am excited to work with our great faculty, staff and students as we move together into a new era of growth, prosperity and industry partnerships.

It continues to be an unusual time for all of us, and the effects of the pandemic have been far reaching. LU has spent countless hours finding inventive ways to assist in our students’ success, while keeping them healthy and safe. As we begin the fall 2021 semester, I am very proud of how our students, faculty and staff managed the changes that were demanded by COVID-19 and happy to say we are currently offering on campus courses, events and meetings as we continue to closely monitor the situation.

We currently have 46 full-time faculty members, 1,313 undergraduate students, 227 masters’ students and 70 doctoral students. Lamar University’s College of Engineering is the place for students, faculty, and staff that are driven to make a difference in society.

The Lamar University, College of Engineering (LUCOE) students have numerous employment opportunities during and after graduation through our co-op and internship program and we consistently see high demand for our highly trained, job-ready graduates. We have seen the beginnings of a rebound in the job market for our graduates, but COVID-19 still is presenting some level of challenges. LUCOE remains steadfast in our commitment to our students who may have difficulties in the recovering job market. We welcome you to stay home at LU, or to return home to LU to continue your education. All 15 masters’ degree options in the LUCOE now offer 4+1 pathways, and we are offering six new certificates that students can take as part of their degree program or as a standalone certificate for nondegree seeking students. More information about the 4+1s and the certificates can be found at Degrees and Programs.

One of LUCOE’s trademarks is the high return on investment of our engineering education. Payscale.com ranked Lamar University 2nd nationwide for return on investment for engineering majors in 2017. Our faculty members continually strive for professional excellence as demonstrated by:

· Lamar University was ranked eighth (of 10) in College Gazette’s 2019 listing of “amazing universities on the rise.”

· Lamar University was recently noted as a top 20 “rising star” institution in the country by Firetail, a UK-based consulting firm.

· The annual College ROI report by PayScale measures the return on tuition investment 20 years after graduation ranked Lamar University No. 2 out of more than 500 US colleges in 2017.

· The online 2+2 Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degree option was ranked #1 Best Online Bachelor’s Engineering Degree and Most Affordable Online Bachelor’s Engineering Degree by online.org in 2020.

· The online 2+2 Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degree option was ranked #1 for best value by the SR Education Group in 2019.

· In 2020, the Master's in Engineering Management Degree Program was ranked #31 of 139 universities/345 programs by intelligent.com.

· In 2020, the Electrical Engineering Degree Program was ranked #58 of 103 universities/337 programs by intelligent.com.

Lamar University recently created the Center for Resiliency (CfR) that will serve the State of Texas by establishing a networking center and data collaborative for multi-disaster resiliency in alignment with the Lamar University vision of leadership in quality educational opportunities, community engagement, economic impact, and accessibility. Established in the fall of 2021 through the foresight of the 87th Texas Legislature, the center focuses on service, outreach, and education for improvement in all aspects of resiliency including infrastructure, socio-economic well-being, health, and universal design in confronting multi-disaster events in the Gulf Coast region.

Our research expenditures average $2.5 million a year. Many of our projects are associated with the Texas Air Research Center, Texas Hazardous Waste Center, the Center for Advances in Port Management and the Center for Midstream Management and Science. Research funding sources include the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine, the State of Texas, ports and marine terminals, and engineering and manufacturing companies in the Southeast Texas area.

Our office of Outreach and Student services assists the community by providing outreach and enrichment opportunities. Each year the college hosts 50 – 100, 7th – 11th grade students through our Lamar Introduction to Engineering (L.I.T.E.), Project Engineer summer programs, and Lamar Engineering Bootcamp. Participants get the opportunity to engage in fun and exciting experiments while being introduced to the different fields of engineering.

At Lamar University, we offer the opportunities and attention of a private university, at the expense of a public institution. Our motto is "Imagine it. Design it. Build it. Improve it." We invite you to come join our programs and take the first steps to achieving your career dreams and aspirations.

We have several exciting new and very significant initiatives on the horizon, so please check our College of Engineering website frequently, contact us, or stop by Cherry Engineering Building, Room 2000.

-with Cardinal Pride,

Brian Craig, PhD, PE, CPE 

Dean, College of Engineering