A Message from the Dean

Stephan Nix

Welcome to the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  Home of the Javelina Engineers!

The College is a leading provider of exciting and foundational engineering education in South Texas and is located on the historic campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  The College is named for a pioneer in natural gas engineering, Dr. Frank H. Dotterweich.  The College was founded in 1936 and is built on the legacy of “Doc” Dotterweich and his colleagues when the University was known as Texas College of Arts and Industries and Texas A&I University.  Today, the College is home to nearly 3,200 aspiring undergraduate and graduate engineering and technology majors.  Our alumni have achieved significant professional successes and are found all over Texas, throughout the nation, and around the globe. 

The College houses six departments offering 9 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs.  Our undergraduate programs in Architectural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.  Our undergraduate program in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.  The BS in Natural Gas Engineering program returned in the Fall of 2012 and is accepting students into what promises to be one of the most in-demand career paths of the 21st century.  In addition, the College is home to an Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)-accredited program in Industrial Management and Technology.  Each of our undergraduate programs offers a rigorous educational experience with a solid theoretical basis augmented with hands-on laboratory and field-based experiences.  And each provides a challenging educational experience that blends teamwork and communication skills in a project-based learning environment.

Graduate program offerings include MS degrees in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Management, Natural Gas Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.  The College is also home to a nationally ranked Ph.D. program in Environmental Engineering and an innovative PhD program in Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering.  Graduate students have research opportunities in a wide range of exciting multi-disciplinary areas such as environmental sustainability, high performance computing, energy systems, robotics and materials.  To support cutting-edge research, the University has invested in faculty and research laboratories.  Our annual research expenditures are approximately $3 million – much of that going to support student researchers.

We have built very strong relationships over the years with our local and regional industries and small business communities in South Texas.  The College and its faculty continue to collaborate with our partners and stakeholders in the region and our alumni network within the industrial and business sector is very active and supportive of our College goals.

The Dotterweich College of Engineering is the second largest college at TAMUK – nearly 40% of the students on campus are engineering, computer science, and industrial management majors!  We look forward to continuing our growth and expanding the opportunities in engineering, computer science, and industrial technology and management for students in South Texas.  These professions are vitally important for the US, state, and South Texas economies.  Engineers, technologists, and computer scientists create new technologies, new industries, new wealth, and a better standard of living for all.  We like to say we are “The Most Important Place in South Texas!”  Our rich legacy and dedication to excellence make that statement more than a tag line.  We believe it and live it.

I encourage you to explore our website and the pertinent information on all of our departments and program offerings.  Join us, the Javelina Engineers, as we continue to contribute to the innovations and technological achievements that characterize our nation and the spirit of South Texas. 


Dr. Stephan J. Nix

Dean and Professor
Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering
Texas A&M University-Kingsville

This page was last updated on: April 18, 2016