About Us

Inspired by CSU’s land-grant heritage, our six departments and schools are working together to make global impacts.

College Overview

The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering is using its classrooms and laboratories to educate the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and corporate and civic leaders.

The goal of the College is to serve society by educating students, solving problems of global importance, and contributing to national and international economic development. We have set our goals high and our vision is clear: to create a better world for future generations.

The College has a strong tradition of excellence and is comprised of eight departments and programs:

Our rapidly expanding research base is a true reflection of faculty expertise, and our undergraduate and graduate students benefit from the classroom and laboratory experiences that this research provides. CSU's Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering is a leader among research universities, designated as a Carnegie Doctoral Research Extensive University, along with only 150 other institutions.

Our graduates are well prepared for careers and advanced study. At Colorado State, our undergraduate and graduate students work closely with faculty and each other. Student design teams have made discoveries leading to patents, new products, and start-up companies. Our alumni have gone on to distinguished careers as innovators in industry, outstanding educators, and highly ranked government leaders.

Meet the Dean



From David McLean, Dean of Engineering

Colorado State University provided me an educational and experiential foundation that guided me throughout my career. I am excited to have the opportunity to once again serve and give back to the institution.

I am very proud of the engineering programs at Colorado State. We deliver solid, rigorous, and well-rounded academic programs that balance theory and application. We educate bright students and our graduates are well prepared for careers or for graduate school. We recruit excellent faculty who are committed to undergraduate education, to graduate education, and to research.

It is my privilege to work with this group of faculty, staff and students as we continue this important work.

David I. McLean
Professor and Dean



Educate, innovate, cultivate and engage in order to generate new knowledge, improve quality of life, and positively impact society.


We will significantly benefit our region, nation and the world by engaging the global water, health, energy and environmental challenges of the day through leadership in the practices of engineering research, education, innovation and engagement.


  • Excellence
  • Inclusiveness
  • Collaboration and Respect
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Passion
  • Integrity
  • Transparency and Accountability

Strategic Plan

The College’s 2020 Strategic Plan details our mission, vision, and values, and presents strategic initiatives that advance our highest priorities and create value for our students and faculty, CSU, Colorado, and beyond.

The 2020 Strategic Implementation Plan identifies specific actions needed to achieve success with the initiatives contained within the 2020 Strategic Plan.

Facts and Figures

Students Spring 2017

3,333 total
2,592 undergraduate students
741 graduate students


15.1% under-represented minority
25.3% female
29.2% nonresident


58.4% Master's


41.6% Ph.D.
25.7% female
61.4% nonresident

Fall 2016 New Student Profile

Average ACT composite score: 28.1
575 entering freshmen
Home states: 40
Average SAT composite: 1235
Average high school GPA: 3.94

Degrees Conferred 2015-16

360 Bachelor of Science
159 Master of Science
54 Doctoral


Number of tenured and tenure-track: 107 52 professors 31 associate professors 24 assistant professors


6 University Distinguished Professors 1 University Distinguished Teaching Scholar 2
 National Academy of Engineering Members 1 National Academy of Sciences Member