About CEM

The College of Engineering and Mines at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been educating engineering students since 1922 when the school was founded as the Alaska Agriculture College and School of Mines. Over the years, students from around the world have pursued their engineering degree with us, taking advantage of the opportunity to learn one-on-one from outstanding faculty in the unique environment of Interior Alaska.

UAF is Alaska's top teaching and research university, but our classroom environments in engineering and mines are more like what you would find at a small college. UAF is the only university in Alaska that offers eight undergraduate degrees accredited by ABET. In addition, the College of Engineering and Mines offers 14 graduate degree programs for undergraduates wishing to continue their studies after receiving their baccalaureate degree.

The Institute of Northern Engineering is the research arm of CEM. It has several distinct research centers and provides facilities and support to dozens of researchers working in conjunction with the College.

College Facts

  • The William Elmhirst Duckering Building was built in 1964. Today the building serves as home to instructional and research programs in engineering. William Elmhirst Duckering earned a bachelors degree in 1903 and his civil engineering degree in 1916 from the University of Washington. Afterwards, he taught engineering classes and ended his career at the University of Alaska as dean.
  • The passing rate for CEM students who take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is over 90%.
  • The Institute of Northern Engineering (INE) brings in over $12.5 million in external research annually.
  • UAF engineering students have access to the only university-affiliated rocket range in the country.
  • UAF Civil Engineering students have brought home two 1st place awards from the National Steel Bridge Competition in the past decade, and have placed at the regional and national level annually. CEM hosted the regional competition in 2007.
  • INE hosted the 2008 International Conference on Permafrost in recognition of the International Polar Year (IPY).