Cockrell School Once Again Named Top 10 Engineering Program in the U.S.

The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin maintained its standing in the top 10 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 graduate program rankings, affirming the school’s position as one of the world’s premier engineering schools.

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Cockrell School Breaks Ground on Engineering Education and Research Center

State legislators and University of Texas leadership joined Cockrell School Dean Sharon L. Wood and hundreds of alumni, friends, corporate supporters and members of the Texas Engineering community to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC).

"This ceremony marks the beginning of a new era in engineering education at UT Austin," Wood said. "The EERC will be a game changer for the Cockrell School, enabling us to improve what is already one of the top engineering programs in the country and creating more opportunities for our students and faculty to change the world."

Special guests UT System Chancellor William McRaven and UT Austin President Bill Powers, along with Student Engineering Council President Anuj Kudva, shared remarks about the importance of the building and its role in advancing engineering education in the state of Texas.

Opening in 2017, the EERC will serve as a meeting and learning space for more than 7,700 engineering students and 80 student organizations. It will also be the new home for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

More than 280 Texas Engineering supporters contributed over $65 million to the EERC — the most ever raised for a building at UT Austin.

"This 430,000-square-foot facility will transform the Cockrell School and enhance the learning experiences for all of our students," Wood said. "This is truly a historic day for The University of Texas at Austin and the state of Texas."

A Century of Advancing Women in Engineering

One hundred years ago, the first woman to receive an engineering degree from The University of Texas at Austin graduated. Thirty years after that, the university hired its first female engineering faculty member, who was also the first female professor of electrical engineering in the United States. And forty years later, we established one of the first university-led women in engineering programs in the country and the first in the state of Texas.

For nearly a century, Texas Engineering has paved the way, rising above the rest in not only encouraging the advancement of women in our field but in systematically supporting it.

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2014 in Review: A Timeline of Texas Engineering Achievements

For the Cockrell School, 2014 was a year of significant milestones and momentum, marking the beginning of a new era in engineering education at UT Austin. Follow a timeline for a sampling of the extraordinary achievements, exciting news and world-changing research discoveries from Texas Engineering over the past year.

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The Future of Texas Engineering

The physical transformation of the Cockrell School of Engineering has officially begun. In just a matter of months, the last bricks of the university’s Engineering-Science Building (ENS) will fall, making room for the new Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC).

Abatement began on the 50-year-old ENS in September, and the building is now in the final stages of demolition. By early 2015, the site will be fully cleared and the Cockrell School will hold the official groundbreaking for the EERC.

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Predicting Hurricane Storm Surge, Faster

Clint Dawson, a Cockrell School of Engineering professor and director of the Computational Hydraulics Group in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at The University of Texas at Austin, has been predicting hurricane storm surge for the past 15 years. Using computational methods that detail where the surge will be and at what depth, Dawson and his collaborators have helped Texas emergency managers develop hurricane evacuation plans, and studied storm surge for every hurricane to strike the United States since the late 1990s.

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