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 Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial 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.

As you know this is 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 our students in completing this semester, while keeping them healthy and safe. As we close the chapter on the spring 2020 semester, I am very proud of how our students, faculty and staff have managed the changes that have been demanded by COVID-19. We have made unprecedented changes in the way we operate in recruiting, advising, pedagogy, student support and all university operations. We have made these changes while maintaining our focus on the future success of LU.

We currently have 50 full-time faculty members, 1,240 undergraduate students, 141 masters’ students and 71 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.

Typically, College of Engineering students have numerous employment opportunities during and after graduation through our co-op and internship program and the high demand for our graduates. During the pandemic-driven downturn of the economy, LU remains steadfast in commitment to our students who may have difficulties in the depressed job market. We welcome you to stay home at LU, or to return home to LU to continue your education.

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 Midstream Management and Science (CMMS) that will serve as a bridge between LU and the midstream industry, connecting breakthroughs in access to oil and gas to the downstream advances in refining and liquefaction technologies. Established in the fall of 2019 through the foresight of the 86th Texas Legislature, the center focuses on midstream research and education across the LU campus. Lamar University recently opened our new Science and Technology building. Among the amazing amenities is a new state-of-the-art maker space, led by Dr. Kelley Bradley, Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering. The Science and Technology building has supported numerous projects, senior design projects and most recently several projects assisting our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 and the Center for Advances in Port Management. Research funding sources include the National Science Foundation, the State of Texas, the port and terminal, and related, industry, 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 STEM Camp. Participants get the opportunity to engage in fun and exciting experiments while being introduced to the different fields of engineering. We are currently working on virtual solutions for each of our camps as required during the remaining effects of COVID-19.

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 website frequently, contact us, or stop by Cherry Engineering Building, room 2000

-with Cardinal Pride,

Brian Craig, PhD, PE, CPE

Dean, College of Engineering