Michigan State University College of Engineering

The College of Engineering at Michigan State University (MSU) is made up of 6 departments with 168 faculty members, over 5,000 undergraduate students, 9 undergraduate B.S. degree programs and a wide spectrum of graduate programs in both M.S. and Ph.D. levels. Each department offers at least one degree program, however many include more than one degree, multi-disciplinary programs, certifications and specialties as well as other degree programs affiliated with other colleges at Michigan State University.

MSU College of Engineering
Former names
The Division of Engineering[1]
MottoSpartaneering BUILT BETTER
EstablishedMechanic arts est. 1885, College of Engineering est. 1907-08 academic year
Endowment$41.5 million in Research Expenditures for fiscal year 2008-09
PrincipalThomas F. Wolff, Ph.D, P.E.(Associate Dean,Undergraduate Studies)
DeanLeo Kempel
DirectorRonald Rosenberg (Associate Dean Emeritus)
Principal designateManoochehr Koochesfahani (Associate Dean, Graduate Studies & Faculty Development)
Academic staff


  • Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering

Undergraduate program

Approximately 5,000 undergraduate students are enrolled[2] and 600-800 Bachelor of Science degrees are awarded annually. [3]

Bachelor's Degrees

Multi-Disciplinary Programs

Graduate program

Each year, approximately 800 students are enrolled in advanced degree programs and nearly 200 MS and PhD degrees are awarded. Graduate programs are offered in biosystems engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, computational science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, and engineering mechanics.

Notable Research

The MSU college of engineering has been accredited with many developments in automotive industry. Recently the college of engineering was in the spotlight for their developments with the new "wave disc generator".[4]

Research centers and facilities

  • BEACON - an NSF Science and Technology Center for the Study of Evolution in Action
  • Civil Infrastructure Lab
  • Composite Materials and Structures Center
  • Composite Vehicle Research Center
  • Electromagnetics Research Group
  • Electron Microscopy Facility
  • Energy & Automotive Research Laboratories
  • High Performance Computing Center
  • MDOT Pavement Research Center of Excellence
  • Midwest Hazardous Substance Research Center
  • MSU Fraunhofer Center for Coatings and Laser Applications
  • National Center for Pavement Preservation (NCPP)
  • NOAA Center of Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health
  • Protein Expression Lab
  • Structural Fire Testing Facility
  • ZELRI-MSU Power Research Center

The professional or student-run groups and organizations available in the college are listed below.

Summer Research Opportunities Program

The Summer Research Opportunities Program, formerly known as the Undergraduate Summer Research Program,[5] is a program run through the College of Engineering that offers summer research opportunities for high-achieving undergraduate students in an effort to encourage them to consider pursuing graduate degrees and to provide an early opportunity to become involved in research.[6]


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