Associate Dean Burkey’s Message to Fellow Educators

On behalf of the University of Connecticut and the School of Engineering, I want to inform you of the many excellent educational opportunities that your students can receive from UConn’s School of Engineering at a very reasonable cost. UConn was again ranked in the top 25 public universities nationwide by U.S News and World Report, and our School of Engineering is also consistently among the best public engineering programs in the nation. The many exciting initiatives occurring in the state of Connecticut, such as the new facilities at UConn Health Center, the opening of the UConn Storrs Technology Park and the new Engineering and Science building, and the continued investment from the Next Generation Connecticut initiative have all driven the school to new heights. We have also made tremendous strides in diversity, leading the nation in the increase of female engineering graduates, and increasing the number of young women in engineering by more than 50% in just the past five years.

We offer eleven ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited undergraduate degree programs in exciting areas, and I encourage you to visit our website at http://engr.uconn.edu to learn more about all of them. We also offer an increasing number of international programs in engineering, creating a truly global degree experience. In addition to these exciting majors, we offer several minors including Bioinformatics, Engineering Management, Nanotechnology, Electronics & Systems, Computer Science, Information Technology, and many courses in sustainable and alternative energies.

Connecticut and the nation continue to experience a shortage of engineering graduates. Our graduates have no difficulty finding engineering positions offering excellent pay. As the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education & Diversity in the School of Engineering, I believe we can work closely to stimulate students’ interest in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) fields. The School of Engineering has many informative and hands-on outreach initiatives that could be beneficial to your students in helping them understand the relationship between science, mathematics, and engineering. Our Engineering Ambassadors group is available and eager to further STEM interest and could give a presentation to your students at your school. High school sophomores and juniors can also apply to our annual summer residential Explore Engineering program to get hands-on engineering experience, and young women can find out more about engineering opportunities at our Women in Engineering events at our Open Houses. For more information, please visit the Engineering Diversity and Outreach website at http://edoc.engr.uconn.edu/

The School of Engineering offers an exciting, challenging, and rewarding educational experience for highly motivated students. In support of our undergraduates, we offer free weekly tutoring in fundamental engineering, science, and mathematics. We ensure our students’ success through the mentoring, advising, and tutoring our school offers from their peers, dedicated staff, and faculty members.

The University and School of Engineering is hosting its annual Senior Design Demonstration Day on Friday, May 1, 2020 from 1pm – 4pm in Gampel Pavilion. You are invited to see what our seniors can accomplish using the education they receive as UConn Engineering students. Should any of your students or teachers wish to obtain additional information or have any questions about our majors, please visit our website: http://undergrad.engr.uconn.edu, or contact me at (860) 486-5466 or engr-ugdean@uconn.edu.