Boston University’s College of Engineering opened its doors in 1950 and since then has grown to become one of the leading engineering college’s in the United States. In U.S. News & World Report’s 2008 America’s Best Engineering Graduate Schools, the College ranked 44th. Of the top 50 graduate engineering schools, ENG ranked 21st in research dollars per faculty member and graduated the 18th highest percentage of female Ph.D.s in the nation.
The College’s BME department is ranked seventh in the nation, and Boston University is the only institution to have received both the Whitaker Foundation’s Leadership Award ($14 million) and the Coulter Foundation’s Translational Research Partnership ($15 million potential). In 2008, Professor Jim Collins from the BME Department was named as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator, the first HHMI awarded to a Boston University faculty member.
The College houses world-class faculty and cutting-edge research facilities, providing opportunities for undergraduates to work alongside faculty in high-tech laboratories supplying students with the education and experience they need to lead fulfilling professional lives as the engineers and technology leaders of tomorrow. Students choose to major in one of six undergraduate and eight graduate disciplines offered by three departments and two interdisciplinary divisions:
Undergraduate Degree Programs:
- Mechanical Engineering, with concentrations available in Aerospace and Manufacturing
- Biomedical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Computer Engineering with an accelerated five-Year BS/MS program
Graduate Degree Programs:
In addition to the same disciplines as the Undergraduate Degree Programs, ENG offers graduate programs in:
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Systems Engineering
And dual degree programs in:
- Medicine: MD/Ph.D.
- Business: MBA/MS
ENG is dedicated to expanding scientific and technological frontiers through research and discovery and maintains a strong commitment to helping its 1,695 students, 125 faculty members, and 12,045 alumni stay ahead of the innovation curve.
One unique opportunity offered by the College is a study-abroad program that is specifically designed for engineering undergraduates. This program adds a unique international perspective without delaying graduation and features opportunities in Dresden, Germany; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Guadalajara, Mexico.
The Engineering Annual Fund
The EAF has a major impact on our students’ preprofessional quality of life, providing funds that extend beyond what tuition and external research grants can provide and making a number of new and exciting opportunities available to current Engineering students.
Enhancing Student Quality of Life
The EAF is one of the few sources of unrestricted funds available to Dean Ken Lutchen, and he is pleased to use the fund to support student-enrichment activities such as the ones listed below. Contributions to the EAF will be put to immediate good use in supporting these programs that make a critical, positive difference in the student-engineering experience.
Programs supported by the COM Annual Fund
The Engineering Annual Fund is one of the few private sources of unrestricted funds available to Dean Ken Lutchen. It has brought him great satisfaction to use almost all of those monies to enhance student quality of life initiatives. This umbrella fund allows him to invest and stimulate a wide spectrum of specific programs and projects, including:
The Summer Term Alumni Research Scholars (STARS) program provides a housing allowance for full-time undergraduates who are hired by a faculty member to assist with that faculty member’s research program during the summer months.
The Supplemental Undergraduate Research Funds (SURF) program encourages faculty to involve undergraduates in their research program during the academic year by providing matching funds for undergraduate students who are working on faculty-sponsored research.
BU FIRST robotics team program
The BU FIRST (For Inspiration and Respect for Science and Technology) robotics team program provides space for and support to undergraduate engineering students who advise and assist the BU Academy FIRST team. BU has hosted the Boston Regional FIRST competition the past three years at Agganis Arena.
Engineers Without Borders
The BU Chapter of Engineers Without Borders is working to build The Hummingbird House, a community center providing a library, pharmacy, and art room to the village of Chirimoto, Peru.
BU Nano-Satellite program
The BU Nano-Satellite program is a joint program between the College of Engineering, Photonics, and the Center for Space Physics that funds teams of engineering undergraduates to design a nano-scale satellite the Air Force will use.
Excellence in Engineering Book Awards
The Excellence in Engineering Book Awards which provide a number of stipends to deserving students in need, to be spent at the BU bookstore for textbooks or other academic course materials.
BU Mini Baja Team
The BU Mini Baja Team participated in the National Society of Automotive Engineers annual Mini Baja East competition where students design and build a vehicle that competes in a race inspired by the annual Baja, California four-wheeler race.
BU Rocket Club
The BU Rocket Club, whose members plan, design, construct, flight test, and (if all goes well) launch a rocket, sometimes also developing and testing nascent engine technology.