Texas A&M University-Kingsville


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 and a founding dean, Dr. Frank H. Dotterweich. The College started in 1936 and is built on the legacy of “Doc” Dotterweich and his colleagues as Texas A&I University.  Today, the College is home to nearly 1500 aspiring undergraduate and graduate engineering and technology majors.  Our alumni have achieved significant professional successes and are spread all over Texas, throughout the nation, and around the globe.  We are especially proud that the College is the 13th largest producer of Hispanic engineers in the nation according to a survey conducted by the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

The College houses six departments offering 9 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs.  Our undergraduate programs in Architectural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.  The undergraduate programs in Computer Science and Environmental Engineering are currently seeking initial ABET accreditation.  The BS in Natural Gas Engineering program returned in the Fall of 2012 and is accepting new 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 in the College are available in all the departments and include MS degrees in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Natural Gas Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. In addition, MS programs are available in Computer Science and Industrial Management.   The College also houses a nationally ranked Ph.D. program in Environmental 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 College has invested in faculty and research laboratories and faculty members have been instrumental in bringing federal and state funded research grants and contracts worth over $3 million annually.

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 - over 20% of the students on campus are engineers!  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.  No other professions are as 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 as Texas A&I University and the Texas A&M University-Kingsville 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 innovation and technological achievements that characterizes 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: July 24, 2013