Dean's Message

dawsonWelcome to the College of Engineering at Kansas State University. If you are a recent or first-time visitor to this website, we are in a similar situation since I have only been the dean of this fine institution since July of 2014. But I feel confident you will find, much as I have, that this is an exciting place of discovery, growth and educational opportunity.

You will discover, for example, our undergraduate enrollment exceeds 3,300 students—making us the largest engineering school in the state—and these young women and men are choosing career paths from eight different departments and 11 degree programs. We have 47 student organizations, including 15 design teams, funded annually in excess of $150,000. Undergraduate scholarships in the college last year topped $6 million, and of our more than 500 graduates in 2013-2014, more than 80% secured employment, while 12% enrolled in graduate or professional schools.

The college is off to a strong start in reaching the goals of the University Engineering Initiative Act— to increase the number of engineering graduates by almost 60% in Kansas over a 10-year period. Under the direction of the Kansas Department of Commerce, and working with the Kansas Board of Regents and the three engineering schools in the state, this plan targets engineering education efforts to fuel economic growth and business success by adding approximately 500 new engineering graduates per year into the Kansas workforce by 2021.

We also have a productive and growing graduate program of more than 450 students whose research endeavors and advanced studies will play a key role in the success of K-State 2025, a university goal of becoming a Top 50 public research institution by 2025. For the academic year 2013-2014, our graduate degree count was M.S.,107 and Ph.D., 28.  

Physical growth of our facilities is underway with construction begun this spring on our Phase IV project— a 108,000-square-foot addition to the engineering complex. This new building will house our departments of computing and information sciences and electrical and computer engineering, state-of-the-art labs, and dedicated space for student teams and design groups. 

I encourage you to spend some quality time on our website, learning even more about our undergraduate and graduate programs, research ventures, academic units and faculty, as well as many other exciting projects and activities here. And when you’ve done that, I think you’ll see why Kansas State University is THE choice for engineering education.

Darren Dawson, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Engineering
LeRoy C. and Aileen H. Paslay Chair

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