Points of Pride - College of Engineering

  • The college received a $1 million National Science Foundation STEM Energy grant to fund scholarships in energy-related fields.
  • Terry Asher, a 1987 alumnus of the College of Engineering, has committed the first $1 million of a planned gift to support undergraduate student scholarships.
  • The college’s Leadership Development Program, created and funded by alumnus Dick Blaudow and his wife, Brigitte, won the Delyte Morris Award for Commitment and Excellence in Community Service in 2016 for its work with The Science Center of Southern Illinois.
  • The American Society of Civil Engineers Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge teams won first place at the regional competitions in 2016. Also, two teams from the college finished in the top 10 during the 2016 Human Exploration Rover Challenge, which is sponsored by NASA and previously was known as the “moonbuggy race.” Student teams also finished in two of the three top spots at the rover challenge in 2014. 
  • The college is home to the Center for Embedded Systems, a national consortium of electronics research funded by the National Science Foundation. The center is a joint effort among SIU’s College of Engineering, the Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University and private industry. Created in 2009, the center remains the only one of its kind funded by NSF in the nation.
  • The annual “Engineering Day” celebration in February attracts as many as 400 high school, middle school and junior high students from around the area to the campus. Participants take on a series of entertaining and interactive engineering-related challenges aimed at teaching problem-solving skills and engineering concepts.