Much has changed since we were the Colorado Agricultural College 150 years ago. The land-grant mission of the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering – teaching, research, and outreach as well as monitoring the weather – remains the same.
“As we get older, I think it’s natural to think about the generations that will follow. And in a technological age, it’s important that our top students have the opportunity to study at strong research universities.”
Walter Scott, Jr., 2017
Alumni, Civil Engineering, 1953
"We need to be motivated by service as well as by profit. We serve best by finding out what people want and helping them work to realize their dreams."
Professor, civil engineering
- 1902-1903 – First Electrical Engineering courses appear in the university catalogue and efforts to organize a department are made by L.D. Crain.
- 1907-1908 – Course catalogs first acknowledge the availability of a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering
- 1879 – Classes begin at the State Agricultural College of Colorado; Ainsworth Blount is appointed professor of mechanical arts.
- 1883 – Colorado Agricultural College rolled out its first mechanical engineering courses on such things as “steam engine structure” and “transmission of power.”
- First established in 1980 as a partnership between CSU and NOAA.
- Read about CIRA’s $128 million cooperative agreement with NOAA, renewed in 2019.