Message from the Dean

Doug Goering in his Office

It's a great time to consider a career in engineering. The U.S. faces great challenges in energy and the environment, raw materials, public infrastructure, and advanced technology. Engineers are critical to advancing the applied science and producing the creative designs needed to address these challenges. A great sense of accomplishment comes from working on these real-world problems and generating solutions that improve our quality of life and our environment. Engineers make a real difference!

It's a great time to study engineering at UAF. UAF's commitment to engineering education has made us a first-rate engineering college. All of our undergraduate programs are fully accredited by ABET. UAF was also recently designated one of the Best in the West by the Princeton Review, the only university within a 1,500 mile radius tagged for this distinction.

It's a great time to get involved with CEM's special projects and research programs. Student groups are designing and launching sounding rockets and micro satellites, and working on many design competitions in the areas of bridge building, robotics, and energy resources. The Institute of Northern Engineering, which is part of the college, has extensive research programs in all aspects of engineering in the north including alternative energy and climate. With great lab facilities, a brand new 80,000 sqft engineering building scheduled to open in the fall of 2017, and the large number of professors involved in research, there are lots of ways to get engaged with exciting projects.

You'll have a great time studying here. Students have fun with annual activities such as the building of the ice arch and Starvation Gulch, a student festival held each fall. Sure, it gets cold in the winter, but we also have months of winter sports and summer sunshine that never stops (literally!) The outdoor and recreational opportunities here are second to none, and the quickly changing conditions keep things exciting. UAF's student organizations have great outdoors programs that allow you to "get in and get out."

I hope you join us. We'll do everything we can to ensure that your time at UAF is a success and that your future as a creative professional engineer becomes a reality. I look forward to seeing you here!

Douglas Goering
Dean, College of Engineering and Mines