Dean's Welcome

In The William States Lee College of Engineering, you can realize your dreams of changing the world and improving lives. Whether your dream career involves energy systems, the environment, sustainability, manufacturing, robotics, motorsports, computer engineering, engineering technology, or construction management, our hands-on programs prepare you for the world of engineering. In addition, our location in one of the most dynamic urban cities in America provides you with unlimited opportunities few universities can match.

As the fourth largest institution in the 17-campus UNC system with about 30,000 students, UNC Charlotte offers all the benefits of  a major university. Our beautiful 1,000 acre campus is just minutes from thriving uptown Charlotte. The engineering college occupies several of the newest buildings on campus including Duke Centennial Hall, EPIC and Motorsports Research. Even within this large campus setting, The William States Lee College of Engineering is still small enough to offer average class sizes of 30-35 students, providing direct interaction with professors and a friendly atmosphere. 

All of our programs involve hands-on design projects, starting in the freshman year and culminating in the senior design experience. We are also a place to broaden your education by participating in our Leadership Academy, studying abroad, working on projects such as concrete canoes, robots, rockets and race cars, or participating with other students in a variety of student organizations.

For students interested in enhancing their skills and becoming engaged in advanced research programs, the college offers master’s and Ph.D. programs. Graduate students are an integral part of the college and research is underway in almost every area of civil, environmental, mechanical, systems, computer and electrical engineering. Many undergraduate students also work in our laboratories on research projects. Undergraduate students can also get a leg up on earning a graduate degree by enrolling in an early-entry program and getting their M.S. degree in five years.

Whether you want to be an entrepreneur or work for a major corporation, The William States Lee College of Engineering is a great place to launch your dream. We turn students into engineers and ideas into reality!

Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D.
The William States Lee College of Engineering