About the Cockrell School of Engineering

The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin is a top ranked epicenter of engineering education, and knowledge creation and distribution. Comprised of renowned educators, researchers and thought leaders, the Cockrell School addresses the grand challenges of the world, drives economic progress and improves quality of life.

With nine internationally recognized undergraduate programs and thirteen acclaimed graduate degree programs, the Cockrell School propels research and innovation, develops transformative technologies and cultivates solutions to advance society.

Situated in the heart of Austin, Texas, the Cockrell School directly benefits from being located in one of the most rapidly growing innovative technology hubs in the country. In 2010, Forbes attributed the Cockrell School as one of two "secret weapons" in ranking Austin the second most innovative city in the country. Companies such as Dell, National Instruments, IBM, Freescale Semiconductor and others recruit the intellectual capital produced at the Cockrell School.

Notable alumni around the world inspire prestige and pride in the Cockrell School, building life-long relationships with the school and the university. Their loyalty is demonstrated through leadership on departmental advisory councils, and their generosity ensures the educational momentum of our students and faculty through scholarships, fellowships and endowments.


The Cockrell School of Engineering is a top-ranked center of engineering education and research that aspires to be a globally recognized leader in innovation. It is dedicated to solving the pressing societal problems of the 21st century and beyond, driving future economic progress, and improving the quality of life.


The Cockrell School educates future engineering leaders who think creatively, work collaboratively, and push technological boundaries; develops innovative solutions through groundbreaking research; and improves lives throughout the world by leveraging the school’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and partnerships with industry to translate research into practice.

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Dean of Engineering

Sharon L. Wood is the ninth dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas Austin.

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