SMU’s School of Engineering, founded in 1925, is one of the
oldest engineering schools in the Southwest. Now named in honor of Bobby B.
Lyle, the school is organized into five departments offering 20 undergraduate
and 29 graduate programs, both master’s and doctoral degrees, designed to
educate engineers and engineering leaders. Graduates are ready to compete in new
and emerging technologies and markets after learning to think critically, plan
strategically, communicate effectively and adapt to social changes. Students
find opportunities for research, mentoring and networking in each of these:
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Programs focus on all aspects of computer design as well as
software construction and applications. Courses of study range from microchip
miniaturization to bioinformatics – a technique using math, statistics and
computer science to solve biological problems. The department is home to the
High Assurance Computing and Networking Lab focused on research in intelligence
gathering, data analysis, and network security with applications for military
operations, border and transportation security and healthcare.
Department of Electrical Engineering
Core technology topics include areas such as biomedical
engineering, communications and information technology, control systems, digital
signal processing, computer vision, lasers, optoelectronics, electromagnetic
theory and microwave electronics, circuit and VLSI design. Three broad areas of
research emphasis are communications, signal processing and photonics.
Department of Engineering Management, Information and
Programs focus on the study, design and management of the
technology-rich systems that drive today’s information-intensive organizations.
Research is focused on the application of engineering principles and techniques
to enhance organizational performance, including decision support, systems
engineering, telecommunications software and information engineering.
Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering
Reflecting the emerging interest in sustainability, this is
the fastest growing program in the school. Coursework teaches the traditional
work of planning, designing, constructing, maintaining and managing the nation’s
physical infrastructure such as buildings, bridges, power plants, water and
wastewater systems while focused on conservation, natural resource recovery, air
quality, pollution control and environmental health.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
With the largest enrollment in the school, programs focus
on solutions to problems in design and manufacturing, robotics, automotive and
transportation systems, energy production and distribution, as well as all other
aspects of mechanical systems. Research includes thermal science and fluid
mechanics (think tsunami mitigation), solid mechanics, dynamic systems and
control, and manufacturing and design.
New Engineering Programs
The addition of the certificate in environmental
sustainability program puts the school at the vanguard of a global movement.
Engineering courses also have been added in entrepreneurship, business
communications and engineering management. New degree programs include
specializations in microelectronics and photonics offered in electrical
engineering, as well as a Ph.D. in civil engineering and a Doctor of Engineering
degree in software engineering. Doctoral degrees also are offered in computer
engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, operations research,
engineering management and mechanical engineering.
Both engineering faculty and
students have increased significantly in recent years.
Full-Time Engineering Faculty
Full-time engineering faculty increased 19.6 percent during
the five year period from 2003-04 to 2008-09.
Engineering Degrees Granted
|Total Engineering degrees
|Total SMU degrees
(including 56 doctorates)
Engineering degrees increased 72 percent during the
five-year period from 2001-02 to 2006-07.
Sixteen percent of total SMU degrees and 26.8 percent of
doctorates in 2006-07 were in engineering.
SMU Enrollment Fall 2008
School of Engineering Enrollment
(including 257 pre-majors)
||Professional (law & theology)
||Total SMU enrollment
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