CECS is a vibrant and diverse community that includes more than 1800 undergraduates, 1200 graduate students, and 70 tenured and tenure-track faculty across a wide-array of disciplines.
The mission of the college is supported by advisory boards of alumni and industrial leaders, faculty committees, and a dedicated team of department, research, and instructional staff.
We currently offer 11 undergraduate degree programs (plus two concurrent degree programs), along with 14 master’s and two Ph.D. programs. All master level programs are also available through asynchronous distance learning. Additionally, undergraduate students have the option to participate in cooperative education track.
The mission of the College of Engineering and Computer Science is to be the leader in providing quality undergraduate and graduate programs in an environment integrated with engineering practice, research, and continuing professional education, in close partnership with the industrial community.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn was founded in 1959 thanks to a generous gift of 200 acres and $6.5 million from Ford Motor Company.
UM-Dearborn was established to train, educate, and prepare engineers and administrators to join the ranks of the thriving automotive industry in Metro Detroit. Because of this, the CECS has always placed a strong emphasis on co-op and experiential learning.
Students enrolled in the inaugural semester of the “University of Michigan Dearborn Center” had a choice of only three programs: industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, and business administration. These students would become our first graduating class in 1962.
In the early 1970s, the newly-named (and independent) “University of Michigan-Dearborn” established the College of Engineering as its own academic unit.
Over the next few decades, the College of Engineering continued to add new degree programs and expand its research laboratories, thanks to the generous contributions of industry partners.
In 2008, CECS (renamed a decade earlier) launched its first Ph.D. programs in Information Systems Engineering and Automotive Systems Engineering. The first degrees were conferred in 2012.
For more detail on the college's governing and advisory bodies, please refer to the CECS Bylaws.
"The Executive Committee is charged with investigating and formulating educational, research, and instructional policies for consideration by The Faculty, and it shall act for The College in matters related to curriculum, budget, promotions, appointments, facilities, academic and disciplinary appeals, and other affairs." (CECS Bylaws, Section V.2.)
"The Administrative Council shall provide a means of maintaining communication throughout The College, its members being responsible for relaying information disseminated at the meetings. The Administrative Council shall review, discuss, and advise on matters that concern the interests and welfare of The College, including the recommendations of the Curriculum Coordinating Committee." (CECS Bylaws, Section V.5.) Meeting minutes can be accessed via MBox.