Dean's Welcome

Photo of Engineering Dean, Leo Kempel holding an MSU coffee cupWelcome to the Michigan State University College of Engineering, where we are engineering a healthier, safer, and more sustainable world.

Michigan State has been graduating Spartan Engineers since 1888, and we began granting master’s degrees in engineering in 1901. It is a legacy we honor and embrace as we undertake the tremendous transformational growth we are experiencing.

Our student numbers reflect our educational evolution. We have proudly welcomed 6,000 undergraduates and almost 1,000 graduate students -- bright, innovative, and industrious students who will make their mark on the college during their time at Michigan State.

We continue to focus on engaging more women in engineering and have done so by setting new enrollment benchmarks. Photo of Dean Kempel (seated, center) with seven SEE Scholar studentsWe have more than 1,300 women undergraduates in the college, or around 22 percent of our undergraduate students. Our underrepresented minority population now comprises almost 20 percent of our undergraduates.

The college is strategically expanding our faculty and adding resources to areas that will deliver more than incremental change – we are looking to accelerate the pace of discovery in finding solutions to the “grand challenges” of society.

In the past few years, the college has added more than 50 new faculty, helping to build our world-class academic team to 225 tenure-stream faculty members in eight departments and one interdisciplinary program – Applied Engineering Sciences.

We continue to advance our highly respected departments of:

  • Biomedical Engineering,
  • Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (joint with College of Agriculture and Natural Resources),
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering,
  • Chemical Engineering and Materials Science,
  • Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (joint with College of Natural Science),
  • Computer Science and Engineering,
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering, and
  • Mechanical Engineering.

Today’s Spartan Engineers are helping to bring science and innovation into everyday life. We do that by focusing on education, research, and training in the specialty areas of energy, health, materials, mobility, defense, security, and sustainability.Photo of 6 Engineering faculty at a ground-breaking with shovels of dirt

Our college invests in automotive technology and mobility research through collaborative programs that integrate artificial intelligence, communication, sensing, robotics, controls, cybersecurity, and safety for lighter and stronger vehicles that are connected with their environment.

We have access and utilize extensive facilities to translate research into industry practice. Spartan Engineers study and work in spaces that include the Engineering Building, Bio Engineering Building, Engineering Research Complex, MBI Building, and Trout Building. Among the college’s lab facilities are the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action; Composite Materials and Structures Center; Composite Vehicle Research Center; Energy and Automotive Research Lab (EARL), Fraunhofer USA Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies, and Infrastructure (fire) Lab. Plus, the college will share MSU’s new $100 million STEM building that is set to open in the fall of 2020.

Our college has been recognized as international leaders in composites research for more than 25 years. We are acclaimed internationally for biometrics, pattern recognition, computer vision, machine learning, and image processing.

In addition, we are highly admired for our CoRe first-year engineering program, which supports beginning students and shows them how to succeed.

There are three key points I’d like to leave you with:

  • Research: 2017 Research Expenditures were $56.5 million (a new record) – up more than 15 percent in the past two years and growing at a rate of 7.5 percent a year.
  • The Center for Spartan Engineering connect thousands of students to businesses and corporations through internships, co-ops, and new jobs. More than 97 percent of our students are employed or in graduate school by six months after graduation. The average starting salary for our graduates is almost $66,500.
  • The Empower Extraordinary capital campaign captures the Spartans Will of our community as much as anything else. The college met its campaign goal of $80 million early and then surpassed it by over 26 percent, with a total of $106 million. That success, thanks to our alumni, business and industry support, and many friends, helped us secure 19 new endowed chairs and professorships, and create new scholarship opportunities for our next generation.

I invite you to browse our web pages and if you can’t find what you need feel free to reach out to our webmaster at We want you to learn more on our groundbreaking research, award-winning faculty members, excellent students, and the multitude of resources waiting for you here in MSU Engineering.

Come and visit our beautiful campus sometime.

Leo Kempel