Engineering for the Betterment of Communities

The engineering profession has long been proud of its world-changing contributions through infrastructure, water treatment, medical devices, computers and many other technological advancements that continually impact society.

The Cockrell School’s Certificate in Humanitarian Engineering takes engineering for society to the next level, providing undergraduate students with a rewarding, multidisciplinary program that allows them to focus their learning around communities that need their help the most — from low-income populations to people with special needs. Students who pursue the certificate commit themselves to building better, safer, stronger communities by developing innovative solutions that improve lives.

Administered through the Cockrell School’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, the program combines technical and non-technical coursework with project-based initiatives and includes course options in the colleges and schools of Liberal Arts, Communication, Natural Sciences, Engineering and more. The certificate consists of 18 credit hours, and students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher to fulfill the certificate. The program is open to all undergraduate students in the Cockrell School.

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Ramshorn Scholars Program

Congratulations on joining the Ramshorn Scholars Program! This program is an engineering academic learning community designed to facilitate your success in engineering and at UT Austin. As a part of the Ramshorn Scholars Program, your status as an engineer-in-training is kept front and center through our interactive programming and specialized resources.

We aim to create a community that promotes and helps students achieve academic excellence. In fact, the Ramshorn is a symbol with deep roots in the Cockrell School that has defined academic achievements for our student engineers for decades.

Ramshorn Scholars Program components:

  • Reserved seats in select first-year courses
  • Specialized Ramshorn Scholars Program First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs)
  • General Engineering (GE) supplemental instruction courses
  • Personalized advising with Engineering Student Services Advisors
  • Peer mentoring and tutoring with an Academic Coach
  • Community building and social events
  • Leadership training and career development

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Ramshorn Scholars Program?

The Ramshorn Scholars Program is a first- and second-year engineering academic learning community in the Cockrell School of Engineering dedicated to helping engineering undergraduates transition to college and continue their pattern of academic excellence. The Ramshorn Scholars Program is committed to building community and helping engineering students develop their identity as an “engineer-in-training” from the moment they step onto the 40 acres.

Why was I chosen to participate in the Ramshorn Scholars Program?

The Cockrell School of Engineering, in collaboration with the University’s Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, identify engineering first-year students who have demonstrated a commitment to their education through excellent academic and leadership skills to be invited to the Ramshorn Scholars community. As a Ramshorn Scholar, students receive services such as tutoring, peer mentoring, GE supplemental instruction, and First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs). Ramshorn Scholars are strongly motivated to maintain the Ramshorn definition of excellence as engineers-in-training.

What is required of me as a Ramshorn Scholar?
Ramshorn Scholars must participate in a FIG and meet weekly with an assigned academic coach. There are no other additional academic requirements in the first academic year. However, there are other events that Ramshorn Scholars are expected to attend and participate in: community building events in the fall and spring semesters, hands-on project based programming, and additional workshops and seminars designed to enhance engineering and leadership development.
Who are my advisors? 

The Cockrell School of Engineering is full of resources to help students succeed. Every engineering major has academic advisors in their respective departments to seek guidance for course selection, registration procedures, and reviewing degree progress. Ramshorn Scholar students will have an additional assigned advisor in the Engineering Student Services office located in EER 2.848. Students will meet with their assigned Ramshorn advisor during new student orientation, and are encouraged to meet with both their Ramshorn advisor and department advisor frequently throughout each semester.

What is a Ramshorn? 
More than a century ago, T.U. Taylor, UT Austin’s first engineering faculty member and the first dean of Texas Engineering, began drawing an elaborate check mark — a “Ramshorn” — on his students’ best papers. Over the years, it became known as a symbol of excellence in engineering education at The University of Texas at Austin.

Engineering Student Services

Contact Engineering Student Services (ESS) for answers about policies, procedures, support services and programs.

Location: Engineering Education and Research Center (EER), 2.848 
Street Address: 2501 Speedway
Phone: 512-471-4321
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m

Department Advising

To contact advisors within your department, visit the Departmental Advising Offices page.

Apply to the Cockrell School

For Cockrell School admissions information, visit Undergraduate Admissions.

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