Why SMU-Lyle?

Located in Dallas, Texas, SMU-Lyle is in the heart of a vibrant technical community and urban setting. Our proximity to industry giants allows us to stay attuned to some of the most progressive innovators in technology and business and creates opportunities for connections with Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 corporations, preparing today’s engineering students to be tomorrow’s innovators.

With a rich history spanning more than 100 years for SMU and over 90 years for the engineering school, it is easy to see why 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students are proud to call SMU home. Of those students, the Lyle School enjoys an enrollment of more than 1,000 undergraduate students (of which 75 percent receive academic scholarships) and over 1,000 graduate students.

Where Lyle Excels

  • Caruth Institute for Engineering Education – Increasing the number and diversity of students who graduate from U.S. high schools with both the enthusiasm and knowledge to pursue the engineering careers that are necessary for the U.S. to compete in a global economy.
  • Center for Laster Aided Manufacturing (CLAM) – Developing a fundamental understanding of laser-aided intelligent manufacturing by providing university led research and development work, education, and training in laser/plasmas materials processing.
  • Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security – Advancing the science, policy, application, and education of cybersecurity through basic and problem-driven, interdisciplinary research.
  • Deason Innovation Gym – Changing engineering education by providing the space and tools necessary for students to apply their engineering knowledge to real world problems.
  • Hart Center for Engineering Leadership – Providing professional development for all Lyle students through leadership training, co-op work experiences, and internship opportunities.
  • High Assurance Computing and Networking Labs (HACNet) – Addressing a broad range of cybersecurity topics, covering hardware, software, networking, and economic analysis. In addition to conducting research, the lab provides leadership in security education through programs in the Computer Science and Engineering Department.
  • Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity – Solving issues of global poverty through engineering know-how.
  • NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) – Developing long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government to create a collaborative approach for research and development in net-centric and cloud systems.
  • Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM) – Promoting and applying university led research and development in advanced manufacturing research and development work. RCAM is outfitted with the most advanced equipment and instrumentation and supported by a well-equipped machine shop and computing facilities.
  • TEDxSMU – Bringing people together to share ideas, TEDxSMU—a local, self-organized event licensed by TED—combines TEDTalks, video, and live speakers to spark deep discussion and connection in small groups.


In addition to its distinctive beauty, SMU’s campus offers many other unique resources including the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series featuring speakers such as U.S. presidents and senators, archbishops, and foreign leaders; the internationally renowned Meadows Museum; and the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

SMU has eight libraries across campus that house more than four million volumes, making ours the largest private collection of research materials in the Southwest. If there is an item that our libraries do not have, you can request to borrow them from another library through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering boasts some of the most advanced teaching and research facilities in the nation. Within the three buildings that make up the Lyle school, two of which are LEED Gold certified, there are innovative research laboratories covering research topics ranging from photonics to biomedical instrumentation and robotics to aqueous soil chemistry, as well as one of the largest cleanrooms on a university campus. These labs make it possible for students to engage in hands-on applications and problem solving, turning their passion into purpose.

From receiving a prestigious designation for cybersecurity, to being named one of America’s most ‘Most Entrepreneurial Universities,’ SMU and the Lyle School have received many recognitions and awards. More information about SMU-Lyle’s recognitions and successes is available in our online newsroom.


Sabrina Gonzalez

Sabrina Gonzalez
Associate Director Graduate Education and Recruitment
Distance, Military, Campus, and Weekend Formats
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 Lexie Reynolds
 Lexie Reynolds
Associate Director
International Students and Programs
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