AT THE WILLIAM STATES LEE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
WE GET OUR HANDS DIRTY
We believe in learning by doing, so all of our programs include a practical component. Freshmen design and build projects ranging from spring-powered cars, to electronic circuits, to balsa wood bridges. Hands-on learning continues through the senior year, when students team up to tackle real-world industrial projects such as bomb-detecting robots and high-pressure piping systems for nuclear plants.
Aaron Cook - Senior, Electrical Engineering
I’ve always like designing things and putting things together. I’ve been able to work with my hands in the labs here and learn what’s behind all of the things we learn in the classroom. That’s the experience I wanted when I came to Charlotte and it’s been a big part of why I like it here.”
Our College Focus areas
Where technical, scientific and mathematical knowledge are combined to design or invent future materials, structures, machines, devices, systems and processes.
Where the application of math and science is used to implement or extend existing technology, and improve products, manufacturing, construction and operational functions.
Where planning, coordination and control are maximized to ensure construction projects meet time, cost and quality standards.
Babiker Suliman - junior, Mechanical Engineering
“When I came here on a tour and saw the motorsports buildings, the machine shops and the laboratories I thought ‘This is pretty cool.’ Now when I’m in the labs doing the work, even though it’s challenging, I feel like I’m seeing the benefits of our great facilities.”
The college’s Office of Student Development and Success offers a variety of academic and professional support programs designed to enhance the first-year experience and successfully transition students through the curricula and then into the workplace and/or graduate school.
FRESHMAN LEARNING COMMUNITY
About half of all new engineering freshmen choose to live, learn and play in the Freshman Learning Community. As a community, FLC students learn about the engineering profession and what it takes to be successful in the major.
The Maximizing Academic and Professional Success (MAPS) Program helps students realize their potential by teaching them to work smarter - not harder. Trained upperclassmen serve as peer coaches to teach fellow students effective study habits, test-taking skills and time-management skills.
The Lee College of Engineering provides a number of exciting opportunities to help students prepare for their careers and build a technical resume prior to graduation. Professional Development programs range from job shadowing opportunities with local professionals, to 49erships (internships), co-ops and international exchanges.
The college’s Leadership Academy equips undergraduates with the leadership competencies that engineering industry and communities need. Through weekend retreats, service projects and interaction with industry professionals, students learn to communicate effectively, act with integrity, value diversity, achieve meaningful goals, and influence and serve others.
Bethany Burke - Senior,Civil Engineering
“I did the Leadership Academy last year. I learned a lot about who I was, what kind of person I want to be and how I can apply that in my career. We did service projects together where we learned a lot about each other and ourselves. It was a great experience.”
The Lee College of Engineering has more than 25 student organizations and clubs, ranging from rocketry, to robots, to fire safety, to academic excellence. A few of our student groups include the Society of Women Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Systems Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and honor societies.