University of Utah College of Engineering
|College of Engineering at the University of Utah|
John and Marva Warnock Engineering Building
|Dean||Richard B. Brown|
|Location||Salt Lake City, Utah, USA|
The College of Engineering at the University of Utah is an academic college of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. The college offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and computer science.
- 1 History
- 2 Accreditation
- 3 Rankings
- 4 Departments
- 5 Buildings
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 Notable faculty
- 8 College Deans
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The College of Engineering at the University of Utah has its origins in the State School of Mines, established in the 1890s. Dedicated to enhancing Utah’s mining industry, it was among the first engineering programs west of the Mississippi River.
The first modern four-year engineering degree at the school was introduced in 1895. Joseph F. Merrill was the first principal and the Merrill Engineering Building was named in his honor. Richard Lyman was recruited from Brigham Young Academy to teach the technical engineering curriculum. Lyman organized the first Department of Engineering in 1896.
During the past 117 years, the College has graduated over 19,000 engineers. Many engineering alumni have gone on to achieve international recognition in industry, manufacturing, research, education, law, medicine and many other professions.
Some of the companies founded by graduates and faculty of the College of Engineering include: TRW, Evans and Sutherland, Silicon Graphics, Netscape, WordPerfect, Sarcos, Opto 22, Novell, Atari, Adobe, and Pixar, to name only a few. Many other graduates hold executive leadership positions in companies and educational institutions around the world.
Today the College has an enrollment of more than 3,000 undergraduate students and 960 graduate students, with 150 tenure track faculty members. The College administers research projects totaling over $74 million annually.
The College of Engineering is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education.
The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology has accredited the following undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering: bioengineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering.
The U.S. News & World Report ranks the College of Engineering at the University of Utah: 
- #30 in Biomedical Engineering (out of 102 programs)
- #39 in Computer Science (out of 156 programs)
- #47 in Computer Engineering (out of 140 programs)
- #51 in Electrical Engineering (out of 173 programs)
- #53 in Materials Science (out of 95 programs)
- #54 in Civil Engineering (out of 144 programs)
- #57 in Chemical Engineering (out of 126 programs)
- #72 in Mechanical Engineering (out of 165 programs)
The American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) ranks the University of Utah's College of Engineering: 
- #26 in Computer Science (out of 167 programs)
- #37 in doctoral degrees awarded in 2011 (out of 196 schools)
- #39 in Mechanical Engineering (out of 113 programs)
- #47 in undergraduate degrees awarded in 2011 (out of 343 schools)
- #48 in graduate degrees awarded in 2011 (out of 266 schools)
The College of Engineering is made up of seven departments: bioengineering, chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, and the School of Computing.
The Bioengineering Department at the University of Utah offers undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering and graduate degrees in Bioengineering. The Department has major research funding that supports initiatives in:
- Biomedical Imaging
- Cardiovascular Engineering
- Molecular, Cell, and Tissue Therapeutics
- Neural Engineering
Many faculty members in Bioengineering work adjunct with the University of Utah School of Medicine and as such, link modern interdisciplinary research areas between the School of Medicine and the College of Engineering at the University of Utah.
The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Chemical Engineering. This Department was recently ranked 5th nationally in federal research and development funding. The Department has major research funding that supports initiatives in:
- Biological and biomedical engineering
- Energy and fuels
- Environmental engineering
- Multi-scale simulation
- Nano materials and technology
- Reaction engineering
- Systems and control
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Careers in Civil & Environmental Engineering are ideal for students with both vision and analytic skills. As engineers develop in their careers they will be challenged to imagine new ways to support the needs of business, industry, public agencies, and nations.
At the University of Utah, the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CvEEN) boasts one of the nation's most rapidly growing departments and a large diverse faculty. "U" Engineers are trained in professional communications, project management and their technical discipline with opportunities to seek advanced degrees in engineering, law, business, or medicine. The department and local industry offer paid internships, scholarships and employment opportunities to more than 80% of CvEEN students; helping to defray the cost of tuition and living expenses for its top students while giving them opportunities to gain professional experience. CvEEN offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering. The Department has major research funding that supports initiatives in:
- Environmental Engineering
- Geotechnical and Construction Materials
- Structural Engineering
- Water Resources
The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is also home the Utah Nuclear Engineering Program (UNEP). UNEP is growing and more opportunities for studies are becoming available. Masters & Doctoral degrees are offered to those with BS degrees in engineering and science related fields. Undergraduate Student's can take selected courses as technical electives and in preparation for nuclear engineering graduate degree programs. http://www.nuclear.utah.edu
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Utah offers undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering as well as graduate degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Department has major research funding that supports initiatives in:
- Communications and signal processing
- Control systems
- Implantable medical devices
- Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
- Micro- and nano- devices and fabrication
- Microwaves and electromagnetics
- Optics and optoelectronics
- Power engineering
- VLSI system design
Materials Science and Engineering
The Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Utah offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Materials Science and Engineering. The Department has major research funding that supports initiatives in:
The Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Utah offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering. The Department has major research funding that supports initiatives in:
- Bio-mechanical engineering
- Control systems
- Energy systems
- Ergonomics and safety
- Fluid Mechanics
- Heat Transfer
- Micro- and nano- systems
- Solid mechanics
School of Computing
- Applied computation
- Artificial intelligence
- Computer graphics
- Computer systems
- Program analysis
- Data management, analysis, and visualization
The School of Computing is also home to the Entertainment Arts and Entertainment (EAE) Program, which in 2013 was ranked 1st for its undergraduate program and 2nd for its graduate program by the Princeton Review.
The University of Utah was one of the original four nodes of ARPANET, the world's first packet-switching computer network and embryo of the current worldwide Internet. In late 1969, the U's computer graphics department was linked into the node at Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, California to complete the initial 4-node network.
The School of Computing has made important contributions to computer graphics and computer animation. These contributions include: Gouraud shading, the Phong reflection model, the Phong shading method, and the rendering equation.
The School of Computing is also affiliated with the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, which focuses on research in visualization, scientific computing, and medical image analysis. The institute currently has over 200 faculty and staff, most of which are from the School of Computing or Bioengineering departments.
Warnock Engineering Building
The John and Marva Warnock Engineering building (referred to as the WEB) houses the offices of the College of Engineering. It also is the home of the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute and numerous classrooms and study rooms. The building was named after John Warnock and his wife Marva Warnock, both of whom graduated from the University of Utah, after he generously donated almost 6 million dollars for its construction in 2003. Some additional funding for the project came from the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation. Construction on the building was completed in 2007.
The Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute is located in the WEB.
The primary goal for building the WEB was to provide study space for students. The building is composed mainly of study rooms, classrooms, computer labs, and open spaces. The WEB is also home to the College of Engineering Dean's Office.
Civil and Materials Engineering
The Civil and Materials Engineering Building (referred to as the CME) is home to the Materials Science and Engineering Department and the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.
The Kennecott Building currently serves as classroom and lab space for the Mechanical Engineering Department. However, starting in 2012, the Kennecott building will be undergoing major renovations and expansions in a four-phase plan to move the entire department over to the new Kennecott building. The first phase will be completed in late 2013. After construction is complete, the Kennecott Building will house the entire Mechanical Engineering Department.
Floyd and Jeri Meldrum Civil Engineering Building
The Floyd and Jeri Meldrum Civil Engineering Building (referred to as the MCE) is a 14,500-square-foot addition to the former Energy and Minerals Research Building. It brings together civil, environmental, and nuclear engineering faculty into adjacent space with a newly designed transportation operations center and environmental engineering labs. The construction of the building was supported by a generous $3.3 million gift from Floyd and Jeri Meldrum of Las Vegas.
Merrill Engineering Building
The Merrill Engineering building (referred to as the MEB) is named after Joseph F. Merrill who became the first principal of the College of Engineering. The first phase of construction on the Merrill Engineering Building was completed in 1960 and it served as the main building for the College of Engineering until the John and Marva Warnock Engineering building was completed. The building still houses most of the student and research labs used by the college of engineering.
The MEB also houses a TRIGA nuclear reactor 25 feet below ground level in a double-wall reactor tank filled with water that has been operating since 1975. The reactor was featured in a report by ABC in 2005 about the security concerns with university research reactors. ABC felt that the security was inadequate, but that has been disputed by many other sources.
The MEB is home to the School of Computing, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and the Chemical Engineering Department. It also has various classrooms, student labs, and student work areas.
James LeVoy Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building
The James LeVoy Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building (referred to as the SMBB), completed in 2012, is a 200,000-square-foot, $150 Million USTAR facility that supports research in medicine, pharmacy, engineering, computer science and life sciences. The building is physically located between the College of Health Sciences on the upper campus and the College of Engineering on the lower campus to serve as a research complex that connects faculty in multidisciplinary research areas between the two colleges.
- Cleon Anderson - Former President and CEO of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
- Nolan Bushnell - Founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese, he has been inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame and the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame. He was also named one of Newsweek's "50 Men That Changed America."
- David Evans - Computer scientist and graphics pioneer and co-founder of Evans & Sutherland
- Ralph Hartley - Co-founder of Information Theory (along with Shannon and Hamming), inventor of Hartley Transform and Hartley Oscillator, IEEE Medal of Honor recipient
- Calvin Quate - One of the inventors of the atomic force microscope and recipient of the IEEE Medal of Honor
- Simon Ramo - The father of the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and partly responsible for the formation of two Fortune 500 companies
- John Warnock - Computer scientist best known as a co-founder of Adobe Systems Inc.
School of Computing
- Robert Adamson (software pioneer) - Computer scientist. Developed Gener/OL, one of the first interpretive languages.
- Alan Ashton - Computer scientist, co-founder of WordPerfect and Thanksgiving Point
- Brian A. Barsky - Professor at the University of California, Berkeley working in computer graphics and geometric modeling as well as in optometry and vision science.
- Jim Blinn - Computer scientist and MacArthur Fellow, known for his work on Carl Sagan's Cosmos documentary and inventing the first method for representing surface textures in graphical images.
- Edwin Catmull - An Academy Award winning computer scientist and current president of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios.
- Jim Clark - Computer scientist, prolific entrepreneur and founder of several technology companies, including Silicon Graphics, Inc., Netscape Communications Corporation, myCFO and Healtheon
- Frank Crow - Computer scientist, developed anti-aliasing methods for computer graphics
- Henri Gouraud, Computer scientist, inventor of Gouraud shading
- Jim Kajiya - Computer scientist, developed the frame buffer concept for storing and displaying single-raster images and the rendering equation.
- Alan Kay - Computer scientist, recipient of the Turing Award, credited with the concept of the Laptop computer.
- Martin Newell - Computer scientist and graphics pioneer best known as the creator of the Utah Teapot
- Fred Parke - creator of the first CG physically modeled human face
- Bui Tuong Phong, Computer scientist, inventor of the Phong reflection model and the Phong shading interpolation method
- David Evans - founder of the computer science department at the U, graphics pioneer and co-founder of Evans & Sutherland
- Stephen Jacobsen - Distinguished professor and founder of Sarcos, a robotics company that is now part of Raytheon
- Suhas Patil - Computer scientist, prolific entrepreneur and founder of Cirrus Logic, a fabless semiconductor company.
- Ivan Sutherland - Winner of the Turing Award in 1988 for Sketchpad, co-founder of Evans and Sutherland
- Thomas Stockham - founder of Soundstream Inc., one of the experts selected to investigate President Richard Nixon's White House tapes.
- Willem Johan Kolff - the father of artificial organs, pioneer of hemodialysis as well as artificial organs
|College of Engineering Deans:||Tenure||Bio|
|Joseph F. Merrill||1897–1928||Before becoming dean of the College of Engineering, Merrill was the director of the State School of Mines. The first modern four-year engineering degree at the school was introduced in 1895 with Joseph F. Merrill as the first principal. The first department of engineering was organized in 1896 with Merrill as the first dean.|
|Richard B. Ketchum||1928–1939||Richard Ketchum joined the University of Utah in 1910 and became the second Chair of the Civil Engineering Department in 1919. He joined the Engineering Experiment Station in 1922 prior to serving as Dean.|
|Albert L. Taylor||1939–1952|
|Steven Kistler||1952–1965||Kistler is best known as the inventor of aerogels, the lightest known solid materials.|
|Max L. Williams||1965–1973|
|Wayne S. Brown||1973–1978||Brown was a professor of mechanical engineering prior to becoming the dean of the college. He is the founder of TerraTek a geomechanics measurement and analysis company, which was purchased by Schlumberger in 2006. He is also the founder of the Utah Innovation Foundation, which is now called the Wayne Brown Institute, that helps develop early stage companies.|
|Laurence H. Lattman||1978–1983|
|Joseph D. Andrade||1983–1987|
|David W. Pershing||1987–1998|
|Gerald B. Stringfellow||1998–2003|
|Richard B. Brown||2004–Present|
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