Message from the Dean

Today, perhaps more than ever, the world needs engineers. We are facing extreme challenges on every continent ranging from clean air and drinking water, energy, medicine, the design of modern, smart cities, and the navigation of vast collections of data.  The next generation of engineers must be equipped with not just the technical skills to tackle these challenges, but the drive and passion to make a difference and the leadership to make it happen.  At the Lyle School we are educating the next generation of engineering leaders.  We engage with our students to help them learn the technical skills they need, strategize with them to accelerate their development as leaders, and provide a unique environment that helps them flourish as innovators.  Companies looking for the next generation of leaders look to SMU Lyle with good reason.  Armed with both great technical and leadership skills, our students and faculty stand out.

At Lyle, we believe that we are all born engaged learners.  In our infancy, we begin to explore the world.  We manipulate, we test, we assemble – we may even tear things apart. This curious play is the natural stage where each and every one of us begins our journey to learn about the world.  Unfortunately, somewhere along the way most of us are bound by the concept of “book learning” – regurgitating predigested knowledge as a list of facts.  At the Lyle School, our goal is to engage your natural curiosity, to find ways to let you roll up your sleeves and experience the art and science of engineering problem solving.

Our students come to us with a passion―a desire to make a difference in the world, to do something remarkable.  Our mission is to help you translate that passion into purpose―to find not only a career, but a mission that makes life worth living, fulfills your passion and nurtures your sense of play.  At the Lyle School, we believe there is “No Problem Too Big.”  I’ve personally seen our students accomplish incredible things because they applied their passion with the support of our faculty and staff. 

So, I encourage you to visit with us. We are ready to help you meet your goals.

Marc P. Christensen
 and Lyle Professor of Engineering Innovation