College of Engineering

Agent of Change: For nearly 130 years, graduates of the University of Arizona College of Engineering have shaped the world in which we live. The College of Engineering – with its interdisciplinary research, entrepreneurial focus, and transformative academic programs – drives new technology, prepares engineers for the work place and fuels the economy.

Improving Quality of Life: Our researchers are developing biofuels and solar energy; earthquake-proof buildings and transportation systems; safer semiconductor manufacturing; sustainable water sources and mining techniques; prosthetics, wearable medical sensors and cancer imaging; bomb detection and cybersecurity analytics; wireless devices; smart cars; and 3-D manufacturing.

Injecting Billions of Dollars Into Regional Economy: UA Engineering alumni bolster the regional economy by starting high-tech companies and creating jobs. And more than 40 percent of our graduates go to work for companies in Arizona – from startups to global giants such as Raytheon.

Dean: Jeff Goldberg, Ph.D.

College Features

Engineering Faculty

  • 115 tenured and tenure-eligible 
  • 13 members of the National Academy of Engineering (since 1968) 
  • 3 UA Regents’ Professors
  • 5 University Distinguished Professors

ABET Accredited Undergraduate Majors

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering 
  • Biosystems Engineering (with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)
  • Chemical Engineering 
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Industrial Engineering 
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Optical Sciences and Engineering (with the College of Optical Sciences)
  • Systems Engineering

Student Enrollment (Fall 2013)

  • 2,533 undergraduates
  • 653 graduates

Degrees Awarded (Academic Year 2013)

  • 466 bachelor's
  • 111 master's
  • 51 PhD's

Work-Ready Students

True engineers are made when students join a team, roll up their sleeves, and, alongside their teammates, discover new insights through designing, building and testing. Students are involved in research at every level in the College, which boasts a 90-percent first-year retention rate.

Real-world experiences prepare students for successful careers. The Interdisciplinary Engineering Design Program allows teams of engineering students to work directly with industry leaders on projects that often become commercial products. Learning environments such as the student-run UA San Xavier Mine give Engineering students unprecedented access to real-life experiences. And internships with top companies help make our students some of the best prepared in engineering fields.

Atmosphere of Inclusion

The College has about 30 student engineering professional societies, many devoted specifically to women and students from minority backgrounds. Among them are the Society of Women Engineers, Women in Optics, Women in Science and Engineering, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the National Society of Black Engineers.

Clubs such as the UA Baja Racing Team, Solar Racing Team and Formula Racing Club design, build and race off-road vehicles, solar cars and formula racecars. And several aerospace clubs design, build and fly airplanes, rockets and micro air vehicles.

Undergraduate Diversity

  • 24% female
  • 35% minority

Addressing the Talent Shortages in STEM

A number of programs and organizations, including the Engineering Ambassadors, are dedicated not only to recruiting a diverse student population but also to promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in middle schools and high schools.

The Arizona Science of Baseball program uses America’s favorite pastime to hook kids on science and math. The award-winning UA Engineering 102 Class for High School gets students excited about the possibilities in engineering and allows them to earn college credit. Plus, the College organizes several popular summer engineering camps for middle school and high school students.

College Statistics


  • 120 tenured and tenure-eligible faculty
  • 13 Members of the National Academy of Engineering (since 1968)
  • 3 UA Regents’ Professors
  • 3 University Distinguished Professors

Students Enrolled

  • 2,264 undergraduates
  • 621 graduates

Degrees Awarded (Academic Year 2010)

  • 478 bachelor's
  • 81 master’s
  • 40 Ph.D.'s

Undergraduate Diversity (Fall 2010)

  • 19% female
  • 31% minority

Notable Alumni

  • Ray Oglethorpe, Former AOL President
  • Alan Boeckmann, President, Fluor Corporation
  • Chris Lewicki, Phoenix Mission Manager of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Don Pettit, NASA Astronaut
  • Don Felsinger, CEO, Sempra Energy (Fortune 500)
  • John Somerhalder, CEO, AGL Resources
  • Richard “Dick” Scobee, NASA Astronaut, Challenger spacecraft
  • Bill Mensch, Microprocessor inventor and CEO/Founder Western Design Center
  • David Allais, inventor of the bar code
  • J. David Lowell, Exploration geologist
  • Justine Schluntz, NCAA champion swimmer and Rhodes Scholar