About the College

By the numbers

Undergraduate students: 2,710

  • National Merit students: 13
  • Presidential scholars: 157

Graduate students: 302

  • MS: 117
  • Ph.D.: 185


  • Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical and Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Academic Faculty: 96

NSF CAREER Award Winners: 14

Research awards:

  • $13.8 million, FY 2018

Research expenditures:

  • $13.6 million FY 2018

Nationally ranked programs:

  • Civil Engineering #62
  • Environmental Engineering #66
  • Electrical / Electronic / Communications Engineering #144

*Source: U.S. News and World Report Best Engineering Schools 2018 Edition

Download the College of Engineering Strategic Plan

The engineering program at the University of Nevada, Reno was established in 1889 as the School of Mechanic Arts and Mining and was renamed the College of Engineering in 1905. Since that time, the College has enjoyed continuous growth and steady increases in research and outreach activities.

Our vision is to be nationally recognized as a leading institution in our class. We seek to be known for the quality of our education programs, our cutting-edge discoveries, our ability to transfer these innovative technologies, and the collegiality of our faculty, students and staff.

Globally competitive education

We strive to offer an education that allows our graduates to collaborate and compete in a global environment. Our departments completed a comprehensive curricula review in 2012 to ensure that students study the highest-quality curriculum. Additionally, we provide global experiences and high-quality research and outreach opportunities to students.

State-of-the-art research

We aim to become a catalyst for Nevada's economic diversification and contribute to national and global technological advancements. Our faculty are pursuing new discoveries and innovative technologies that address local, regional and national needs.

We offer a faculty career enhancement plan to help faculty achieve research excellence and national prominence. Available resources include competitive salaries and start-up packages, reduced teaching and service loads, and mentoring of junior faculty.

High-quality outreach

We are committed to our community. The College's outreach activities bring engineering into K-12 classrooms and bring K-12 students on campus to learn about our work. Our most recent initiative is a partnership with the College of Education to introduce engineering into Nevada's K-12 curricula. As part of this program, a customized version of Engineering 100, our introductory engineering course, has been developed for elementary and secondary teachers.

We are also actively developing partnerships with local industry that create opportunities for collaborative research and student involvement in industry.