A Message from the Dean
I am delighted to welcome you to the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering, the premier engineering college in South Texas. The college has been offering engineering degree programs since 1936 and has graduated thousands of students who have or had very successful professional careers. It is not just a college of engineering; it is an 80-year tradition. Currently, the college enrolls nearly 3200 students which is about 35% of the campus enrollment.
Engineering is one of the most sought-after disciplines among all academic programs. Engineers utilize the theoretical concepts learned in science, mathematics, and related fields for real life applications. Besides engineering, students might consider pursuing careers in computer science and industrial technology management programs. Graduates from these programs work hand-in-hand with engineering professionals in a variety of fields with significant impact on our daily life.
If you are looking for a challenging career, financial rewards, and job satisfaction with a goal to solve real world problems and make a difference to society, then engineering, technology management, or computer science is the discipline of choice for you.
The college offers a broad range of degree programs, which provide a solid foundation for entry into the engineering, technology management, and computer science professions. Our graduates are in high demand and they work in all major sectors such as energy, computer, electronics, communications, robotics, aerospace, petrochemical, environmental, manufacturing, construction, management, and information technology.
We offer nine undergraduate and eleven graduate degree programs. Our undergraduate programs in architectural engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, and mechanical engineering are accredited by EAC-ABET; the computer science is accredited by CAC-ABET; and the industrial technology management program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering. The natural gas engineering program, which was restarted in 2012, will be up for accreditation during the 2017-18 academic year.
The college offers nine Master’s degree programs in chemical engineering, natural gas engineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, and industrial management. Students can also pursue the nationally ranked Ph.D. degree program in Environmental Engineering or the latest Ph.D. program in Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering.
We have a team of experienced and well qualified faculty in the college. About 91% of our faculty (75 out of 82) have earned Ph.D. degrees. Engineering faculty are committed to providing the highest quality educational experience to our students.
Recently, the college started the Rio Grand Valley Engineering Initiative in Weslaco providing students from that region the opportunity to study engineering.
Our faculty are pursuing an aggressive research agenda with an annual research expenditure of nearly $3M. Faculty research projects are funded by major federal and state agencies as well as by industry and private foundations. Students are strongly encouraged to get involved in faculty research activities which help them to come up with creative solutions to challenging problems for which they are not necessarily educated in a classroom setting. Research plays a critical role towards engaging, enhancing, and nurturing the intellectual creativity of a student.
The College maintains a strong bond with all stakeholders in the region, especially the local and regional industry, local/state/federal agencies, educational institutes of south Texas, as well as the alumni base who play an active role towards supporting the mission of the college.
TAMUK is going through an unprecedented period of growth, especially in the areas of enrollment, funded research, new academic program development, student amenities, and infrastructure development with a focus on ensuring student success. Please feel free to call, email or stop by for additional information.
It is an exciting time at TAMUK and I would invite you to become a part of this excitement and the tradition!
This page was last updated on: October 27, 2016