The College of Engineering and Architecture at NDSU has been part of NDSU since its earliest beginnings as recorded by the Department of Mechanics in the first university bulletin published May 1892. The first Dean of the college was Edward S. Keene who served from 1918 through 1926. I am honored to be the eighth Dean of the college. We have been known as the College of Engineering and Architecture since 1962, but many changes have occurred within Engineering and Architecture. New programs have been added at all levels. The most significant change in programs was the addition of discipline specific PhD programs in engineering, the professional Master’s in Architecture, and the Master’s of Construction Management.
Our undergraduate programs are well known for preparing students to be ready for the demands of the modern workplace. In meeting the changing environment of today’s professions, we are looking to expand our global impact through partnerships with leading institutions, and by creating research focus areas aiding in solving some the most challenging issues facing us in the future. Affordable energy, sustainability, new materials, and biomedical applications are some of the areas of expertise found in our faculty. The design professions of engineering and architecture are key to innovation, economic stability, and improved quality of living.
Please visit us and consider your future as a graduate from NDSU.
Gary R. Smith
College Deans from 1918
Edward S. Keene (Dean, 1918-1926) Robert M. Dolve (Acting Dean, 1927-1929; Dean, 1929-1954) Henry S. Rush (Acting Dean , 1939-40) Frank C. Mirgain (Dean, 1954-1975) Joseph Stanislao (Dean, 1975-1993) Don Richard (Interim Dean, 1994; Dean, 1994-1996) Otto Helweg (Dean, 1996-2005) Gary R. Smith (Dean, 2005-present)