Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the College of Engineering at North Dakota State University! I am pleased that you have landed on our website to explore the programs, people and opportunities here in the College.

I am passionate about engineering, which is why I am excited to serve as the ninth dean of the College and to work with our faculty and staff to shape the future of engineering education and research in North Dakota. The College of Engineering at NDSU has a long-standing reputation for producing high-quality, technically-proficient and innovative problem solvers in a variety of disciplines. This reputation has been built on the quality of our education, the success of our graduates and the accomplishments of our faculty.

NDSU is a student focused, land grant, research university. As a student focused university, our students learn in an academically rigorous environment and engage in challenging design projects both inside the classroom and as part of the more than 30 clubs and organizations within the College. These organizations provide students with leadership, professional development and networking opportunities. As a land grant university, we provide affordable access to a high-quality education and our students engineer solutions to real-world problems that benefit our state and region. As a research university, we provide opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students to be directly involved in world-class research. Furthermore, the College supports an environment for innovation, encouraging the creation and transfer of new knowledge.   

In today’s rapidly changing world, we need innovative problem solvers and technical leaders now more than ever. The College of Engineering offers degree programs in eight engineering disciplines as well as computer science and construction management. From classical areas of engineering like vehicle and roadway design to emerging areas in new materials, biomedical applications and cybersecurity, our graduates are equipped with the theory and practical application necessary to solve the problems in today’s society. Our students are highly sought after by employers at our biannual career fairs which each draw more than 200 companies to campus to recruit our students for internships or full time jobs. Our graduates are in high demand in the workforce, with almost 90% of our students employed in their field of study within six months of graduation.  

This is an exciting time to be part of the College of Engineering at NDSU. Whether you are an alumnus from the College, a parent, a prospective student or an interested industry or community member, I would welcome the opportunity to connect with you, share more about what’s happening in the College of Engineering and talk about how you can be part of it. In addition to browsing our website, feel free to stop by the engineering complex on campus or contact me in the Dean’s office at any time. If you are interested, please connect with us via social media. You can find the college on Facebook at NDSU College of Engineering and I invite you to follow my Twitter feed @Dean_of_Engr.

Go Bison!

Dr. Michael Kessler, Dean

Past College of Engineering Deans

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, 2005-2017)

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