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, I welcome your interest in the College of Engineering. The College has five academic departments: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees are offered in each of the five departments. As the new 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.

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.

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. 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:

  • Dr. Xuejun Fan, Professor of Mechanical Engineering was awarded the Mary Ann and Lawrence E. Faust Endowed Professorship in Engineering, awarded the Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Research (2018-2021), and was recently elevated to IEEE Fellow, which is awarded to only 1/10 of 1% of professional members world-wide.
  • Dr. Helen Lou (Chemical Engineering) was elevated to American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Fellow.
  • Dr. Liv Haselbach, Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering was named Engineer of the Year by the Sabine Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE).
  • Dr. Tracy Benson (Chemical Engineering), along with his collaborative team, was recently awarded a patent for "Hydrothermal synthesis of alkali promoted MOS2-based catalyst."
  • 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.

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, Visiting Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering.

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. 

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 a number of 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