Undergrad Program Ranked No.6

The McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering was recently ranked the No.6 undergraduate program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report—a three place jump from last year.

The rankings, which are based on peer judgments of deans and senior faculty members from other accredited engineering and technology institutions, have been published annually since 1987 are the leading set of rankings in the country.

“Our peer rankings reflect a historical track record of world-class students, faculty, and staff,” said Tom Truskett, department chair, Bill L. Stanley Endowed Leadership Chair and Les and Sherri Stuewer Endowed Professor. “We’re once again honored to be considered the top chemical engineering undergraduate program in Texas and in the handful of top programs in the U.S.”

The department currently supports more than 730 undergraduate students and graduates more than 160 chemical engineers annually. Students are instructed by world-class faculty, including ten members of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), two Institute of Medicine members and two National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureates.

The department’s $20 million in annual research funding enables more than 100 students to conduct undergraduate research on ground-breaking projects such as drug delivery systems that improve chemotherapy, alternative fuel sources to create new sources of energy, and process development for CO2 capture to lower carbon emissions and curb global warming.

The Cockrell School maintained its Top 10 U.S. News & World Report ranking, strengthening its reputation as one of the nation’s leading engineering schools and research destinations. School rankings are based on student acceptance rates, faculty/student ratios, research expenditures, reputation among engineers in industry and academia, the number of doctorate degrees produced, the percentage of faculty elected to membership in NAE and entrance exam scores.

The Cockrell School was also recently ranked in the Top 10 in several other national and international ranking lists for best engineering schools, including:

  • No. 2 best engineering school for Hispanic graduate students, Hispanic Business Magazine
  • No. 5 best engineering school in the world, Academic Rankings of World Universities
  • No. 8 best engineering school in the world, Professional Engineering magazine


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