Dwight Look College of Engineering

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Dwight Look College of Engineering
File:Texas A&M University - Dwight Look College of Engineering.jpg
Parent institution
Texas A&M University
Dean Dr. M. Katherine Banks
Academic staff
Students 10,735[2]
Postgraduates 1,831 Masters
1,022 Ph.D.
Website engineering.tamu.edu

The Dwight Look College of Engineering is the engineering school of Texas A&M University in College Station and is home to more than 10,700[2] engineering students in 12 departments.

According to a 2009 report by the American Society for Engineering Education, the college is 2nd in the nation in undergraduate enrollment, and 6th in graduate enrollment. The same report ranks the Look College 8th in engineering degrees granted, 8th for the number of Hispanics and 10th for the number of women granted degrees. The college is 11th nationally for the number of doctoral degrees granted and 12th for master’s degrees granted.[3] The Look College is recognized among the top public engineering colleges for its undergraduate and graduate programs.


The first engineering department at Texas A&M appeared in 1880, four years after the foundation of the school, with the creation of the Department of Engineering, Mechanics, and Drawing. For the next several years, the curriculum focused on practical training to assist students in finding industrial and vocational work. By 1887, separate departments had been created for mechanical engineering and for civil engineering and drawing.[4]

To assist the United States during World War I, the Department of Mechanical Engineering shifted focus to train blacksmiths, automobile mechanics, machinists, draftsmen, general mechanics, and pipe fitters for the war. Following the war, the department's enrollment continued to increase, and it began offering courses in power, industrial and railway, or transportation engineering. In the 1930s, these options were eliminated, while others, including aerodynamics, air-conditioning and physical metallurgy began to be offered. During the 1936-1937 school year, the Department of Mechanical Engineering was first accredited by the Engineering Council for Professional Development, now known as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.[4]

By 1940, the engineering school comprised almost half of Texas A&M's enrollment. As World War II dawned, the school again assisted the war effort, with the Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty volunteering to teach at military bases throughout the state. Following the war, college introduced a Ph.D. program, and industries and government began to sponsor research within the college.[4]


Degrees offered[5]

Jack E. Brown Engineering Building


The 2011 edition of the U.S. News & World Report ranks the Texas A&M University Dwight Look College of Engineering graduate program 13th[6] and 7th among public institutions.[1] In the 2010 rankings, the undergraduate program ranked 17th among U.S. universities[7] and 9th among public institutions.[1]

Individual engineering programs as ranked among public institutions by U.S. News and World Report:[8]

  • Aerospace: 19th graduate, 27th undergraduate*
  • Biological and Agricultural: 8th graduate, 2nd undergraduate
  • Biomedical: 89th graduate
  • Chemical: 15th graduate, 19th undergraduate
  • Computer Engineering: 13th graduate, 11th undergraduate
  • Computer Science: 27th graduate
  • Civil Engineering: 8th graduate, 8th undergraduate
  • Electrical: 14th graduate, 9th undergraduate
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering: 6th graduate, 7th undergraduate
  • Mechanical: 9th graduate, 9th undergraduate
  • Nuclear: 3rd graduate, 2nd undergraduate
  • Petroleum: 2nd graduate, 1st undergraduate

* from 2011 edition of US News and World Report


The 2010 U.S. News and World Report[6] ranked the Look College third in engineering research expenditures, with $248.4 million spent.

In 2005, the College had $179 million in engineering research expenditures, making it the 5th college nationally in research expenditures.

The College maintains responsibility for three independent agencies: the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI).


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Dwight Look College of Engineering Facts - Faculty" (PDF). Texas A&M University - Dwight Look College of Engineering. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Texas A&M University Fall 2009 Enrollment" (PDF). Texas A&M University Office of Institutional Studies and Planning. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  3. "Profiles in Engineering" (PDF). American Society for Engineering Education. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Our History". Texas A&M University. Retrieved 2007-04-03. 
  5. "Engineering Degrees Offered". Engineering Student Services and Academic Programs, Texas A&M University. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "America’s Best Graduate Schools" (PDF). U.S. News & World Report. 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  7. "America’s Best Colleges". U.S. News & World Report. 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  8. "All Department Fact Sheets" (PDF). Dwight Look College of Engineering, Texas A&M University. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 

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