The spring semester is proceeding with promising news on several fronts for the College of Engineering. Ongoing student-centric initiatives are having positive effects on first-year retention rates: The college has regained, and in most categories surpassed, some of the ground lost since 2014, particularly from 2017 to 2018. Applications and admissions to the college have increased considerably and we are hoping to see a double-digit increase in enrollments next fall. On the research front, awards and expenditures are up and show double-digit increases over those from last year. Last, but not least, we are blessed to have another year of historic increases in private gifts to support the college.
While we celebrate this great news, we are seeking improvements in our offerings. Faculty groups are developing more relevant and industry-driven programs in aerospace engineering, manufacturing and systems engineering, entrepreneurship and engineering management. Our success in structuring these programs is dependent on the robust involvement of our alumni and industrial friends. Creating industry-driven and relevant programs are vital to our students’ future success as engineers. If you have an interest in helping to develop these programs, I invite you to contact me.
Lakshmi N. Reddi
Dean, College of Engineering
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