The College of Engineering at WSU is in the top 50 engineering schools in the country. Our college is composed of seven different departments and about 2,200 undergraduate students.

About the College of Engineering

John Bardo Center at WSU

College Highlights

  • 7 Departments
  • 60+ Tenure-Track Faculty
  • 20 Teaching Faculty

The College of Engineering has been ranked in the top 20 for research and development (R&D) expenditures, ranked No. 1 for industry-funded aeronautical R&D expenditures and ranked No. 47 for best engineering schools. Our college has access to the Innovation Campus with research facilities, makerspaces, labs and more than 20 on-site companies. WSU is also home to the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) that spends $150 million annually on research.

Student and Graduate Student in Manufacturing Lab

Student Highlights

  • 2,100+ Undergraduate Students
  • 1,500+ Graduate Students
  • 35% First-Generation Students

Student enrollment for the College of Engineering is steadily growing, and recently, 5,000 students earned an impressive $26 million through on-campus internships and co-ops. Currently, 35% of undergraduate students are first-generation students, and our college is on track to become a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). We are proud of our faculty members who have developed new engineering educational methods, such as the freshman design course, Shocker Design Experience (SDX).

WSU Campus Aerial View

Our Vision, Mission and Strategic Goals


The College of Engineering at Wichita State University will continue to be recognized as one of the top 50 engineering schools in the United States.


The mission of the College of Engineering is to be an essential educational and economic driver for Kansas and the greater public good.

Strategic Goals

The College of Engineering has seven strategic goals:

  1. Guarantee an applied learning or research experience for every student in each academic program.
  2. Accelerate the discovery, creation and transfer of new knowledge.
  3. Capitalize systemically on relevant existing and emerging socioeconomic trends that increase quality educational opportunities.
  4. Create a new model of faculty and staff assessment, incentive and reward to accomplish our vision, mission and goals.
  5. Empower students to create a campus culture and experience that meet their changing needs.
  6. Be a campus that reflects—in staff, faculty and students–the evolving diversity of society.
  7. Pioneer an educational experience for all that integrates interdisciplinary curricula across WSU and other universities.



Meet Our Leadership

The College of Engineering is led by the Dean's Office and seven department chairs.