Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science

This year has been another exciting one in the Ritchie School. Enrollments in our undergraduate programs continue to grow, with this year’s incoming class of close to 200 students setting the record for the largest number of first-year engineering and computer science students. Total undergraduate enrollment this fall was 462 students, an increase of 30% over last year! Our graduate enrollments remain strong, making for a vibrant research-focused experience for all students.

Construction of the new building is well underway. John Greene Hall was demolished last spring to make way for the new facility, the site excavated, and the foundation is now being poured. The skeleton of the building is starting to emerge from the “big hole,” bringing with it a sense of excitement of great things to come. The project is still on track to open in Fall 2016, and will be one of the premier engineering and computer science buildings in the region.

Our faculty and students have been quite active in their respective re¬search programs. This year saw the creation of two new NSF-sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers in the Ritchie School: the Center for Robots and Sensors for the Human Well-Being, and the Center for Novel High Voltage/Temperature Materials and Structures. The centers bring faculty, students, and industry partners together to collaborate on a variety of research problems. In addition, the bioengineering, unmanned systems and robotics, and power and energy research teams have collectively garnered over $3M is external funding to support their research this year, and a team of computer science students was selected as finalists in the 2014 E3 College Game Competition for their “Data Helix” game.

This year we received a number of extremely generous gifts totaling in excess of $6M, with over $4M designated for scholarships. The scholarships will be used to help increase the diversity of the undergraduate student body by providing financial assistance to women and domestic students of color. We greatly appreciate the gifts we receive from alumni and friends of the Ritchie School, and continue to seek your support as we close in on our goal of $8M to complete the funding for the new building. Your financial support is extremely important as it allows us to directly impact the educational experience of our students.