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, 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 that few universities can match.

As the fourth largest institution in the 17-campus UNC system with about 26,000 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, direct interaction with professors and a friendly atmosphere. This is the best of both worlds; everything available at a major university in a major city and an intimate college experience where you are not just a number.

UNC Charlotte has been on an exciting growth trajectory for more than a decade and US News and World Report rates us as one of their “up-and-coming” universities. UNC Charlotte is also highly ranked for successfully obtaining patents for new technology and for launching spinoff companies. This all results from having educational programs at the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. levels that are focused on getting students involved in solving today’s problems and meeting the challenges of the future.

All of our programs involve hands-on design projects, starting in the freshman year and culminating in the year-long senior design experience.  The William States Lee College of Engineering is also a place to broaden your education by participating in the Engineering Leadership Academy, studying abroad, building projects ranging from concrete canoes to robots, working on the Legends or Formula SAE race teams, or participating with other students in a variety of active student organizations who regularly give back to the campus and Charlotte community.

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. Our laboratories are state-of-the-art, and the faculty will take time to work closely with you as you conduct your research. 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.

The engineering college is home to several interdisciplinary research centers: the Energy Production Infrastructure Center (EPIC), the Center for Biomedical Engineering Systems (CBES), the Center for Precision Metrology (CPM), the Infrastructure, Design, Environment and Sustainability Center (IDEAS), the NC Motorsports and Automotive Research Center (NCMARC) and the Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education (CAMMSE). Our students and faculty also participate in numerous other research centers on campus.

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