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The pursuit of excellence

KU engineering students in every discipline take capstone design courses in their junior and senior years. The courses involve projects that require students to draw upon the knowledge of engineering analysis and design they have acquired at KU and to blend that knowledge with teamwork and project management. Many of the design projects are evaluated in regional, national and international competitions. KU engineering students have a growing history of success in these contests.

Aerospace Engineering Awards
KU aerospace engineering students excel in undergraduate and graduate student design competitions organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), NASA and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Since 1982, KU students have been among the top finishers in these important competitive areas.

Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Awards
KU chemical engineering students have won the national American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Student Design Competition more often in the last two decades than any school in the United States. The contest problems are not textbook exercises but actual engineering problems that come directly from industry.

Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering Awards
KU civil engineering students test their knowledge of design, materials, fabrication and quality control in competitions involving steel bridges and concrete canoes. The popular competitions, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) for steel bridges and by the ASCE, American Concrete Institute (ACI), and Master Builders, Inc., for canoes, are a highlight of each spring semester. In architectural engineering, KU students are successful competitors in illumination engineering, acoustic design, and building mechanical systems design. KU architectural engineering students frequently are chosen for national awards and scholarships that recognize academic excellence and professional promise.

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Awards
Students in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science excel in a variety of areas, but most notably in their ability to win large fellowships from NASA. See what these students are capable of.

Mechanical Engineering Awards
Re-engineering fuel systems, designing and building race cars, developing innovative solutions to human mobility, KU mechanical engineering students take on a variety of challenges. Competitions sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers, the U.S. Department of Energy, and others give students the opportunity to combine coursework with teamwork.


Engineering Research Highlights

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times
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