SMU School of Engineering

SMU School of Engineering

With more than a 75-year legacy of innovation, achievement and excellence, the SMU School of Engineering is one of the Southwest's premier institutes of higher learning for students seeking degrees in engineering and technical disciplines. The Southern Methodist University School is divided into five departments, or areas of study

Educational Philosophy

Programs focus on preparing students for engineering and technology leadership.

Areas of Study

Computer Science and Engineering- Offers degrees in both computer science and computer engineering. Undergraduate and graduate programs focus on all aspects of computer design as well as software construction and applications. Electrical Engineering- Offers degrees in electrical engineering covering core technology topics in areas such as biomedical engineering, communications and information technology, control systems, digital signal processing, and computer vision, lasers, optoelectronics, electromagnetic theory and microwave electronics, circuit and VLSI design. Engineering Management, Information, and Systems- Offers degrees in systems engineering, engineering management, operations research, and management science. Programs focus on the study, design, and management of the technology rich systems that drive today's information-intensive organizations. Environmental and Civil Engineering- Offers degrees in both civil engineering and environmental engineering. Programs focus on planning, designing, constructing, maintaining, and managing the nation’s physical infrastructure such as buildings, bridges, power plants, water and wastewater systems while also focused on conservation, natural resource recovery, air quality and pollution control, and environmental health. SMU Engineering is the only school in Texas to offer a degree in Environmental Engineering, an area of growing demand all across industry. According to Fortune Magazine, Environmental Engineering has an expected growth of 54.3%, exceeding other engineering professions. Mechanical Engineering- Offers degrees in mechanical engineering. Programs focused on solutions to problems in design and manufacturing, robotics, automotive and transportation systems, energy production and distribution, as well as all other aspects of mechanical systems.


SMU School of Engineering offers students some of the finest teaching and research facilities in the nation. In addition to the Jerry Junkins Building which opened in 2002, SMU has now added the J. Lindsay Embrey Engineering Building to the engineering quadrangle.

The Embrey Building is home to the departments of Mechanical, Environmental & Civil Engineering. As one of the very first buildings in north Texas to be designed and constructed to LEED Environmental Standards, the Embrey Engineering Building is a living laboratory for our students and faculty as well as a showpiece for design and construction in our region. Overall there are more than 30 laboratories used by SMU Engineering faculty and students.

Work Experience

Students gain experience through the undergraduate co-op program, the oldest in the Southwest; the Industry Scholars Program, offering corporate-sponsored internships and scholarships; and other domestic and international internships.

Executive and Distance Education

SMU Engineering is a pioneer in distance learning, beginning in 1969. Today, thousands of students worldwide benefit from digitally-recorded instruction in all graduate engineering degree programs. SMU Engineering offers the largest Executive Master's Degree Program in the country and one of the largest and oldest degree-granting distance education programs for working students.

International Education

Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico)- The SMU School of Engineering offers two programs for students from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico:The Visiting Student Certificate Program enables Tecnologico de Monterrey undergraduates to spend a semester studying at SMU in Dallas. The Collaborative Master's Degree Program enables Tecnologico de Monterrey students to earn a master's degree from SMU in one year.

City of Knowledge (Panama)- The SMU School of Engineering and the City of Knowledge have initiated an executive master’s degree program that enables participants to acquire a master’s degree from SMU with the convenience of a Central American location.

Universidad Francisco Marroquin (Guatemala)- The SMU School of Engineering has signed an agreement with the School of Business and Economics at Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City that will enable business students from Guatemala to spend a semester taking engineering courses in Dallas

Gender Parity Initiative

The percentage of women in engineering at SMU is 50% higher than the national average. SMU Engineering's goal is to reach gender parity in the next five years.

Research & Special Programs

The School of Engineering also houses the Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing in the Mechanical Engineering Department which is extensively funded by government agencies and industry. This center is headed by Dr. Radovan Kovacevic.

The School also houses:
*The Institute for Engineering Education
*The Linda and Mitch Hart eCenter
*The Infinity Project

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