There's a reason why KU is at the center of Google Earth. One of our alumni put it there.
KU alumnus Brian McClendon, Vice President of Engineering for Google and director of Google's geo-suite, decided Lawrence, Kan., was a great beginning point so he made it the opening destination of the popular GIS tool.
He's not the only one who thinks there's something special about this place.
The University of Kansas School of Engineering is routinely ranked among engineering programs in the nation. Moreover, KU provides the kind of atmosphere where students succeed and find opportunities to test their skills and talents before they graduate. KU students are regularly honored for their creativity, skills and abilities at major national and international student design competitions.
All nine engineering undergraduate degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The computer science undergraduate degree program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The new programs in interdisciplinary computing and information technology will pursue accreditation through the CAC of ABET as soon as they are eligible.
The KU School of Engineering and its departments award additional scholarships to outstanding students. Those funds go to hundreds of our undergraduate students. Scholarships and financial aid options at the University of Kansas make KU's high-quality programs even more affordable. To be eligible for scholarships from the School of Engineering and our departments, students must apply to KU and the KU School of Engineering by Nov. 1.
Faculty - not graduate teaching assistants - teach 90 percent of our undergraduate classes. Engineering faculty members are recognized for their outstanding teaching skills, and they bring their own cutting-edge research into the classrooms. They also lead prestigious national engineering research centers headquartered at the University of Kansas. KU is the only university in Kansas with members in the National Academy of Engineering.
Labs & Computing Facilities:
Engineering and computer science students pay an engineering fee per credit hour. These fees are channeled directly into services, facilities, materials and equipment that engineering and computer science students use every day. KU Engineering students have top facilities and tools to use 24/7 - 365.
Our students can cite dozens of reasons why KU was a great choice for them. We know, because we asked them. Here are the top five reasons students give when asked why they chose the KU School of Engineering to earn their degree:
The High Five
- Strong program in their major
- Quality of engineering and computer science facilities
- Academic reputation of KU
- Academic reputation of KU School of Engineering
Want to know more? Spend some time with our KU Engineering Ambassadors, watch videos of our activities and projects, or watch the our graduating seniors movie: 4 Years in 5 minutes: KU Commencement 2014.
The Engineering Career Center can help students develop the skills they need to find a summer internship while in college, or a rewarding job after graduation. Despite stories that outsourcing threatens the job market, reality shows that demand for KU's engineering and computer science graduates has never been greater. The Engineering Career Center guides students to make the most of this opportunity.
From Engineering Student Council to the Society of Women Engineers to groups that build concrete canoes, formula cars and rockets, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved in engineering at KU.
The School of Engineering shares close ties with five major research centers at KU:
- Engineering Research Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (KU is lead institution)
- NSF Science and Technology Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (KU is lead institution)
- Bioengineering Research Center
- Information and Telecommunication Technology Center
- Transportation Research Institute.
These research centers, along with several other School of Engineering laboratories, provide students with many meaningful employment opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The experience these student employees gain gives them a competitive edge in the job market.
KU's Center for Undergraduate Research is helping even more students find mentors and guidance for their independent research, too. The center provides additional opportunities and support for students who want to enhance their education while also exploring their chosen field. Students also are eligible to win undergraduate research grants that will let them conduct their own research with the guidance of a KU faculty members.