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 engineer a healthier, safer and more sustainable world.

Michigan State has been graduating Spartan Engineers since 1888 and granting master’s degrees in engineering since 1901. It is a legacy we honor and embrace as we continue to experience tremendous transformational growth.

This year we welcomed 6,100 undergraduates and 900 graduate students to our world-class university. These bright, innovative, and industrious students are taught by a world-class academic team which includes 235 tenure-system faculty across eight departments and one interdisciplinary program. We continue to focus on engaging more women and underrepresented minority populations with the engineering profession and are working hard to steadily improve our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. 

Spartan Engineers remain in demand with more than 500 employers hiring our graduates at a median starting salary of $70,000. The Center for Spartan Engineering connects thousands of students to businesses and corporations through internships, co-ops, and jobs within education and research, and through training opportunities in specialty areas such as energy, health, materials, mobility, defense, security, and sustainability. We are incredibly proud of our graduates for preparing to tackle the grand challenges of our time and bringing science and innovation into everyday life and living. 

Our college continues to be recognized as an international leader in composites research and acclaimed internationally for biometrics, pattern recognition, computer vision, machine learning, and image processing. Our Cornerstone & Residential Experience (CoRe) for first-year engineering students regularly draws attention for the robust support and opportunity it affords students just beginning their engineering journey. 

Our research expenditures were $50.4 million in 2020, and we continue to optimize our space and facilities to translate research into industry practice. Spartan Engineers study and work throughout the Engineering Building, IQ Building, Engineering Research Complex, MBI Building, and Trout Building, as well as 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 Midwest, Infrastructure (fire) Lab, and MSU’s outstanding new STEM Education building that opened in Fall 2021 as well as the refurbished space for CoRe in Wonders Hall.

There is so much to celebrate and share. We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about our groundbreaking research, award-winning faculty, exceptional students, and ever-expanding resources and facilities. Please let us know how we can help you engage with the College of Engineering at Michigan State University. 

Go Green!

Leo Kempel