Welcome to the College of Engineering at Kansas State University, where it is indeed an exciting time. We are in the fifth year of the University Engineering Initiative Act, and moving into the second phase of implementing the K-State 2025 vision for the college. We will continue to fine-tune our plan to ensure these two initiatives complement each other as we seek to build a College of Engineering that provides an outstanding undergraduate educational experience, and is also known for outstanding research programs related to energy, health, infrastructure and information technology. Key to this plan is our ambition to improve the reputation of the College of Engineering, while staying true to our core values as a land-grant, applied science university. Our faculty, students and alumni deserve the best engineering program in Kansas; moreover, they deserve a top 50, public research College of Engineering.
To achieve this ambitious goal, we know what we must do. More importantly, we are determined to do it, with a specific plan of action. First, we have launched the Academic Success Center. This new umbrella center has been designed to give students the mentoring, advising and training needed for successful college and career paths. Second, we have developed an Engineering Leadership and Innovation program. This unique, two-year undergraduate program will train juniors and seniors with the business and team management skills needed for tomorrow’s leaders. Third, and most importantly, we are implementing a plan to increase the number of engineering faculty by 35 over the next five years (see our Faculty Development Initiative pdf for more information). The addition of these new faculty members is critical for ensuring we continue to provide a high-quality educational experience for both current and future students.
I encourage you to spend some time on our website. Once you’ve learned even more about our undergraduate and graduate programs, research ventures, academic units, faculty, and other exciting projects and activities in the college, I think you’ll see why Kansas State University is THE choice for an engineering education.
Darren Dawson, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Engineering
LeRoy C. and Aileen H. Paslay Chair