6. University of Texas, Arlington College of Engineering (Arlington, TX)
With 7 departments and over 7,000 students, the University of Texas at Arlington hosts one of the most comprehensive engineering programs in North Texas. Their diverse academic offerings include less common degrees such as architectural and aerospace engineering.
To support research endeavors, the UT Arlington campus is home to the Aerodynamics Research Center. This unique facility contains supersonic and hypersonic wind tunnels, including equipment donated from NASA, and is used to study propulsion and fluid dynamics.
The faculty at UT Arlington are widely respected and nationally recognized for their contributions to the field. Alumnus and professor David Hunn recently joined 18 other UTA colleagues as a fellow in the National Academy of Inventors. He cites his success as the director of technology and innovation at Lockheed Martin to the critical thinking and leadership opportunities he gained while at UT Arlington.
5. University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering (Houston, TX)
The impressive resources offered by the chemical engineering department at the University of Houston have earned them a spot in the National Research Council’s top 20 doctoral programs.
The other departments in the Cullen College of Engineering also boast a wide range of opportunities for students. They have research centers dedicated to a variety of fields such as airborne laser mapping, clean engine emissions, energy device fabrications, and nanofabrication. In 2020, UH spent over $35 million in research expenditures alone.
Outside of class, the University of Houston campus is bustling with an impressive number of student organizations. The Engineers Without Borders club is responsible for the creation of the HOPE Center, a hospitality and nonprofit resource center that has helped over 3,000 people in its first three years. Students in the Cullen College of Engineering are encouraged to apply their classroom knowledge to help underserved people in their communities.
4. University of Texas, Dallas Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science (Dallas, TX)
Due to exciting research opportunities and countless resources for students, The University of Texas at Dallas is ranked as the best value public university in Texas by Forbes. An in-state tuition of only $11,500 provides students with the tools they need to succeed as engineers.
Students at UT Dallas have the opportunity to learn from widely respected faculty such as Eric Spong, a world leader in robotics and the Excellence in Education chair for the Jonsson School of Engineering. He recently received the prestigious Oldenburger medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for his lifetime achievements in automatic control.
UT Dallas encourages students, faculty, and alumni to innovate and conceptualize new ideas to solve today’s biggest problems. Housing 21 start-up companies ranging in focus from biomedical engineering to drone robotics, the Venture Development Center incubator provides relationships with key industry partners, Intellectual Property services, and commercialization assistance.