Departments & Programs
The Cockrell School of Engineering is home to seven top-ranked departments that offer bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in a variety of engineering disciplines. The Cockrell School is also affiliated with several interdisciplinary degree, dual degree and cross-institutional degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
In aerospace engineering, students work closely with faculty to create, develop and apply aerospace technology to solve important global and societal problems — from mapping deforestation and migration to tracking weather patterns and more.
Biomedical engineering combines knowledge in engineering, molecular and cellular biology, and medicine to improve human health and progress. Students and faculty work to build interdisciplinary knowledge and translatable solutions for human health.
Chemical engineering is one of the most broadly based engineering disciplines, offering opportunities in advanced materials, bioengineering, energy, environmental engineering, microelectronics, modeling and simulation, polymers and more.
The increasing demand for energy, water and the need to minimize and control climate change, requires civil, architectural and environmental engineers to be at the forefront, using state-of-the-art technologies to ensure adequate food, water and mobility.
In electrical and computer engineering, students learn transformative solutions for building and maintaining secure data infrastructure, design intelligent utility networks, smart grids and mobile wireless networks, and advance nanotechnology and biochips.
Mechanical engineering is the application of the principles of physics in the analysis, design, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems. It is one of the broadest engineering disciplines and has one of the longest histories.
Energy is a key component to people's lives; and a secure energy future requires a balance between environmental impact and affordable supply. Petroleum and geosystems engineers are able to address and solve important issues that will lead to energy security.
Developments and challenges in materials science and engineering cut across the traditional lines of engineering and science. That's why the Cockrell School and the College of Natural Sciences have joined forces to create a multidisciplinary graduate program to solve these challenges.
The Innovation Center grows and supports entrepreneurship and innovation among students and faculty in the Cockrell School. Working with UT Austin and local organizations and incubators, the center fosters startups created by faculty and students by bringing to the table the right partners, suppliers, investors, employees and customers, while serving as advisers and mentors throughout.
The value of interdisciplinary study is gaining momentum in the development of 21st century engineers. Many would argue that the best engineering solutions for today's global challenges are being produced by diverse teams of technically sound professionals.