Message from the Dean

Dr. Wlezien

Joining the Missouri S&T family as vice provost and dean of the College of Engineering and Computing means becoming part of a tradition of excellence that has extended for nearly 150 years. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to have engineering and computing careers share a common bond: we make things that provide for the greater good of humanity. We are inquisitive, we are pioneers, and we do so because we have a passion for the work.

Our college is comprised of distinguished faculty who have come to S&T to train the next generation of leaders in engineering, computing and technology. Our professors have dedicated their academic careers to building the future, and we are all inspired by their commitment to the disciplines in which they work. According to the National Academy of Engineering, technological innovation has accounted for more than over one-third of U.S. economic growth over the past 50 years. Here at the CEC, you have an opportunity to become part of the massive engine that drives economic prosperity in the state of Missouri, the nation and the world. Your 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.

But a college is much more than just its faculty. We also have a talented and dedicated staff who make the campus work, be it the technicians who maintain our research labs and other facilities, the office staff who ensure everything runs properly, or the dedicated student advisors who challenge you to think about your career choices. In our college, you will find a group of hardworking staff who come to campus energized by what we do and by what they can do to help you achieve your goals.

CEC is diverse in its composition as well as its perspectives. 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. These degrees and minors range from geophysics to explosives engineering, bioinformatics to aerospace, and sustainability to humanitarian engineering. If you are interested in studying something unique, there is a good chance you will find it here.

One of the greatest components of our success is our status as a research institution. While we base our knowledge on historical fundamentals, we open new horizons by developing innovative ideas through research. It is that research, which is the lifeblood of our college, that builds our stature and reputation. We are proud of our research faculty and their cadre of graduate students.

The breadth of our research can be grouped into four overarching themes.

The first theme is 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. The second theme is Engineering for Extreme Environments, which covers such diverse areas as hypersonic air vehicles, explosives and advanced materials. The third theme is Manufacturing and Economic Development, including advanced manufacturing, steel and glass science and biomaterials. And the fourth and final theme is Smart Living, where we prepare for the connected future of autonomous vehicles, cyber security, smart electric power grids, smart cities and smart healthcare.

In closing, let me welcome you all to my new home, the College of Engineering and Computing at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Sincerely,
Richard Wlezien

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