3. Rice University George R. Brown School of Engineering (Houston, TX)
As the creators of the first artificial heart, researchers at Rice University are leaders in engineering new devices for medical applications. Over 50 years later, and researchers at the Bioscience Research Collaborative facility are still breaking boundaries in the personalized medicine field.
Along with innovations in the medical field, the surrounding area provides plenty of opportunities for collaboration with the Texas Medical Center, NASA’s Space Center, and companies in the oil and gas industries.
Many undergraduates take advantage of Houston’s central location, with over 65% of students boasting significant research experience before they graduate.
If students want to further their knowledge within a particular field, they’re in luck. Seven of the graduate programs in the George R. Brown School of Engineering fall in the top 30 in the nation, as decided by US News & World Report.
2. Texas A&M University College of Engineering (Austin, TX)
Texas A&M University educates masses of students while providing exciting opportunities in research and student organizations. In 2019, The College of Engineering at TAMU ranked first in undergraduate enrollment with over 20,000 students.
Students come from all over due to the quality of resources and education that TAMU guarantees. The school spent $350 million on engineering research expenditures, placing third nationwide. Researchers study a wide variety of topics, from using machine learning to creating organs on chips that can help treat sickle cell disease.
In 2018, a team of engineering students was invited to compete in the exclusive Society of Automotive Engineers AutoDrive challenge. They created their own autonomous vehicle over the course of three years that earned them third place nationwide.
1. University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering (Austin, TX)
UT Austin tops this list for a reason, it was also ranked fifth in the world according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. The Cockrell School of Engineering is home to an impressive staff, including four National Medal winners and one Nobel Prize recipient.
John B. Goodenough, professor of mechanical engineering and material science, was recognized by the Nobel Committee for his critical role in developing the lithium-ion battery. Engineering students also have the opportunity to learn from three recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.
Along with a prestigious education, UT Austin is dedicated to helping students find engineering positions applying the knowledge they learned in the classroom. The Student Engineering Council acts as a voice for students and is responsible for the Fall Engineering EXPO, the second-largest student-run career fair in the US.