The 10 Best Engineering Schools in New York

7. SUNY Stony Brook College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Stony Brook, NY)

SUNY Stony Brook College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
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SUNY Stony Brook’s College of Engineering has an impressive staff with 2 Nobel Laureates, 6 National Academy members, one member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and 2 Presidential Early Career Award winners.

The distinguished staff are drawn to the university for its innovative research. SUNY Stony Brook spends $41 million in annual research expenditures, up nearly 50% since 2015. This growth can also be seen in research centers that are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. The institutes focus on topics ranging from Engineering-Driven Medicine to Advanced Energy and Research Technology to AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation.

Along with supporting current students, the college encourages the next generation of engineers through the STEM Teaching Lab. These enhanced facilities can be used for lecture and lab activities for current students but are also designed for younger students from communities who lack the resources for a holistic STEM education.


6. SUNY Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Science (Buffalo, NY)

University of Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
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The School of Engineering at UB has consistently ranked in the top 25 schools for hosting international students for 17 years in a row. Their diverse body of engineering students from 67 countries makes up a global community that brings diverse perspectives to the field.

UB is also breaking boundaries through their research activity. The US Department of Energy awarded the department with $8.5 million to improve hybrid space rocket technology. The funding also enabled the university to establish the Center for Hybrid Exascale Simulation Technology.

Students are encouraged to participate in academic labs or develop their own ideas through the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL). This facility provides new methods to drive business growth with help from the School of Management. UB also supports economic development in their community, with $2.3 billion of economic impact produced and 23,000 Western New Yorkers employed by CEL businesses.


5. University of Rochester Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Rochester, NY)

University of Rochester
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The Hajim School of Engineering is in the perfect location to drive change, with Rochester hosting some of the country’s leading engineering companies. The area has the largest concentration of engineers in the state outside of NYC. Additionally, there are plenty of options for research collaborations with nearby medical centers, institutes, and laboratories.

Rochester is home to the Integrated Nanosystems Center. This $4.4 million metrology and fabrication facility is dedicated to researching and creating materials on a microscopic level. The research center seeks to encourage interdisciplinary research and educational opportunities throughout the engineering department. 

Along with Rochester students and faculty, the Integrated Nanosystems Center helps the local community by nurturing new ideas that drive industry partnerships. Engineering students are exposed to many opportunities to create change through research and industry collaboration.


4. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY)

Rensselaer Institute of Technology
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As the oldest technological university in the English-speaking world, RPI has plenty of experience teaching young engineers. Their distinguished program granted the first civil engineering degrees in the United States.

RPI’s impressive list of alumni includes the inventors of the television, microprocessor, e-mail, and digital camera. Other engineering students went on to found major companies such as Texas Instruments, NVIDIA, and Garmin.

Today, RPI continues to drive change through groundbreaking technology. The institute is home to the Artificial Intelligence Multiprocessing Optimized System, the most powerful university-based supercomputer in the world. This device is configured to help accelerate New York’s economic development.

It comes as no surprise that with the world-class academic and research opportunities, RPI was ranked in the top 10 US colleges where students go on to earn the most money by CNBC. Graduates of RPI make an average salary of $80,000 10 years after enrolling.

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