Message from the Dean

Richard-Wlezien-Dean

Welcome to Missouri S&T’s College of Engineering and Computing.

Engineers make things that provide for the greater good of humanity. We are inquisitive, we are pioneers, and we have a passion for our work. Those values are at the heart of the College of Engineering and Computing’s mission. We build industries and create jobs through intelligent manufacturing, reconstruct the nation’s infrastructure and promote sustainability in the 21st century, and develop intelligent systems that change the future of everyday life. We have talented and dedicated staff who make the campus work, from technicians and office staff to dedicated student advisors. In our college, you will find a group of hardworking people who are energized by helping you achieve your goals.

In the CEC, new ideas inspire a vision of the future; our role at S&T is to provide the tools that will enable you to make that vision a reality.

We offer 17 undergraduate programs, 18 undergraduate minors and 21 master’s degree and/or Ph.D. programs. At a time when other institutions are limiting their offerings, we take great pride in the breadth of our degree programs. If you are interested in studying something unique, there is a good chance you will find it here.

Because we are a research institution, we can build on core fundamentals to develop innovative ideas through research.

Our research can be grouped into four overarching themes:

  • Infrastructure and Sustainability, including advanced materials for sustainable infrastructure, natural hazard mitigation and response, and sustainable use of natural resources in mining and oil recovery.
  • Engineering for Extreme Environments, which covers such diverse areas as hypersonic air vehicles, explosives and advanced materials.
  • Manufacturing and Economic Development, including advanced manufacturing, steel and glass science and biomaterials.
  • Smart Living, to prepare for the connected future of autonomous vehicles, cyber security, smart electric power grids, smart cities and smart healthcare.

Here are just some of the recent accomplishments in our nine academic departments:

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Earning a patent for a low-cost method to remove endotoxins from water and pharmaceutical formulations, to increase global access to clean drinking water and improve drug safety.

Civil Engineering
We will soon break ground on our Advanced Construction and Materials Laboratory, a $10.5 million initiative to advance S&T’s position as a national leader in infrastructure research and development. Faculty here lead a 10-campus consortium to develop robotic tools, including unmanned aerial vehicles, to inspect and repair bridges. Computer Science Receiving National Science Foundation funding to develop a cyber-physical sensing infrastructure to bolster smart manufacturing workforce training.

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Partnering with a leading manufacturer to relocate and expand the department’s undergraduate power laboratory in electrical and computer engineering.

Engineering Management
Enlisting engineering management undergraduates to collaborate as project managers with small Missouri communities in need of infrastructure improvements.

Materials Science and Engineering
Expanding membership in our Kent D. Peaslee Steel Manufacturing Research Center to a total of 18 steel mill and foundry producers or suppliers.

Mechanical Engineering
Adding mechanical engineering to a cooperative degree program with Missouri State University that features shared programs in civil and electrical engineering.

Mining Engineering
Using our one-of-a-kind Experimental Mine as a testing site to better understand traumatic brain injury through explosives engineering.

Petroleum Engineering
Expanding a research partnership with major corporations to reduce the amount of wasted water in oil production.

We have talented and dedicated staff who make the campus work, from technicians and office staff to dedicated student advisors. In our college, you will find a group of hardworking people who are energized by helping you achieve your goals.

Thank you for choosing Missouri S&T, and again, welcome to the CEC!

Sincerely,
Richard Wlezien

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