Dean's Welcome

Photo of Engineering Dean, Leo Kempel
Dean Leo Kempel is the ninth dean of the MSU College of Engineering.

Welcome 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. We have more than 1,300 women undergraduates in the college, or around 22 percent of our undergraduate students. Our underrepresented minority population now comprises 8 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:

Photo of Dean Leo Kempel (seated, center) with seven SEE Scholars students
“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.” – Dean Leo Kempel
  • 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.

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.

Photo of a ground-breaking event with Engineering faculty holding shovel and tossing dirt
The college will share interdisciplinary space in MSU’s new $100 million STEM building that will open in the fall of 2020.

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: 2017-18 Research Expenditures were $59.7 million (a new record) – up from $56.5 million in 2016-17.
  • The Center for Spartan Engineering connects 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 approximately $66,500, with 46 percent reporting they received a signing bonus.
  • The success of the recently concluded Empower Extraordinary capital campaign captured 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 42 percent, with a total of $114 million. Thanks to the help of our alumni, business and industry, and many friends, we secured 22 new endowed faculty positions -- the most of any college on campus -- and created 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