Engineering 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 and in the summer of 2013 Architecture moved to the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and we were renamed the College of Engineering starting a new era in our organizational structure. We are always examining new options in our programs such as a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Energy which we hope will become part of our offerings in 2014-15. A recently completed Master Plan for the college will direct our efforts in new building planning and remodeling over the next decade or longer. It is exciting to consider all the possibilities that new spaces could provide and how a true remodeling of our existing space will improve classrooms and labs for students and faculty.
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.
If you are just considering where to study engineering, please visit us and consider your future as a graduate from NDSU. If you are a graduate from one of our programs, I hope you return to campus and keep touch with faculty and friends you made during your time here.
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, 2005-2017); Michael R. Kessler (Dean, 2017-present)