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Why SU? Why Now?

Technology is everywhere, but it isn’t everything.

Today’s engineers and computer scientists need an intimate understanding of how technological solutions synchronize with other disciplines. Policy, economy, sociology,education, art—the list is endless.

Our intimate, rigorous college is part of a University that boasts top business, communications, and public affairs colleges—just to name a few. We are uniquely suited to provide an engineering and computer science education that prepares graduates to create transformative solutions to today’s grand challenges.

With your help, we will amplify our distinctions and become a leading model for contemporary engineering and computer science education.



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With this Transformation Plan we will become a leading model for contemporary engineering and computer science education. We will be stronger, more visible, more sustainable, with enhanced impact upon students, alumni, and communities.

Over the next ten years, Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science will grow student enrollment on campus by 20%, to over 3,000 students, in areas demanded by the workforce. We will increase the presence of persons historically underrepresented to comprise over 60% of our undergraduate student body. We will increase graduation rates by 20 percentage points to over 70%. We will launch and grow online programs to enroll over 500 new students, annually. We will place students into jobs within three months of graduation.

The College will grow faculty size by 30%, to over 130 professors, with a diversity profile that reflects the student body. We will hire prestigious endowed professors in areas of research distinction. We will more than double annual research expenditures and significantly increase graduate student success.

We will shift the composition of our faculty body to comprise 30% professors of practice, up from 22%, to enhance our capacity to provide hands-on experiences for students and achieve a lower student-to-teacher ratio. We will increase our staff support by 30% to improve upon student services.

The College will enhance our learning environments, growing our space footprint by 40%, to occupy 230,000 square feet, and significantly enhance space quality to catalyze collaborative learning, creativity and innovation, and to convey to students that these aspects are signature characteristics of our discipline.

With your help, in ten years, Syracuse University will boast an engineering and computer science education that complements the University’s legacy of leadership in education and research.


  • Broaden our community of scholars
  • Magnify our value
  • Catalyze idea exchange
  • Elevate our research impact


  • Advance the College’s reputation by leveraging areas of University distinction
  • Provide academic, professional, and research experiences that translate into a measurable return-on-investment
  • Champion the research and innovation of faculty and students to maximize their global impact
  • Ensure the College has a long-term, sustainable financial model


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Diversifying the workforce by expanding who studies engineering and computer science.

We seek to advance the educational experience, in its entirety, for each of our students. In doing so, the College aims to attract and educate the next generation of talented, creative, and committed engineers and computer scientists to be successful from their first internship to their third, fourth, or fifth career.

As we enhance the student experience through strengthened experiential learning, a deeper sense of community, expanded research opportunities, and a widening set of curricular offerings, the College will strengthen the collective quality and diversity of its graduates and elevate their impact on society.


  • Establish a scholars program to attract a top-tier cohort of globally-minded student innovators and researchers
  • Develop accelerated pathways from military service to the workforce by awarding academic credit for work experiences
  • Deepen K-12 and community college outreach to broaden participation of women and minorities
  • Build strategic partnerships to achieve international student diversity
  • Recruit and retain women and minority faculty who represent our diverse community of students


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Addressing what you learn, where you learn, and how you learn in a way that translates into lasting value.

Across the board, today’s employers demand a new paradigm for excellence—and a new kind of engineer or computer scientist. Employers seek recruits possessing strong creative, technical, and collaborative skills, who communicate persuasively across disciplines, platforms, and cultural boundaries.

More than ever, a degree in engineering or computer science from Syracuse University is an investment with high return. A rigorous technical college, situated within a comprehensive university, the College graduates professionals and researchers with the depth and breadth needed to address our most critical global and social issues. We will enhance the value of an SU degree through continuous improvements in our learning practices and environments.

With increased student support and career services, our students will graduate on time, with the experiences needed to begin their careers. By leveraging the SU alumni community, we will connect our graduates to professional and social support throughout their lives.


  • Invest in career services and corporate relations with a hyperfocus on internships and job placement for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Hire 18 professors of practice who bring leading-edge teaching pedagogies and industry-focused experiences for students on-campus and online
  • Strengthen and broaden student success programs focused on raising two- and four-year retention rates
  • Invest in faculty development to continuously improve the quality and effectiveness of our teaching
  • Establish opportunities at SU Alumni houses in New York, Boston, Silicon Valley, and DC to foster networking among alumni, students, and K-12 schools for job shadowing, career coaching, and STEM outreach
  • Establish equipment refresh funds to maintain state-of-the-art educational technology in teaching spaces
  • Expand and modernize our spaces and technology to promote collaborative learning, a signature characteristic of contemporary engineering and computer science education


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Graduating dynamic students, University-wide, by leveraging campus areas of distinction.

One of our greatest opportunities is our position as an engineering and computer science college at Syracuse University—a university grounded in the liberal arts, with distinctions in public policy, communications, business, law, architecture, education, entrepreneurship, and supporting veterans. Here, our agility, drive, and collaborative spirit are helping us to leverage strengths across campus, as we build sustainable, mutually beneficial partnerships with other colleges. Working together, we will expand upon and develop cross-disciplinary opportunities, which meet the contemporary needs of our students that will differentiate our graduates, and the University’s graduates, in the marketplace.


  • Develop Engineering+ and Computer Science++ pathways where students broaden their education to include disciplines such as business, policy, law and communications
  • Catalyze a community for design and prototyping by creating an Invention Accelerator and an Innovation Resource Center
  • Develop computation across the curriculum to enable partner colleges on campus to graduate students with the technical skills needed to advance in their disciplines


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Cultivate a culture of discovery that translates to the classroom, industry, and beyond.

Our research impacts the world around us – our health and well-being, safety and security, and built and natural environment. Elevating this impact is essential to our academic excellence and reputation.

We seek to amplify our strengths through partnerships with industry, government, and nonprofits. We extend our impact through undergraduate research, invention, and technology transfer.


  • We engineer solutions for improving our health and quality of life, with particular consideration for the needs of veterans, persons with disabilities, and aging populations.
  • This includes smart materials, biomaterials, assistive technologies, and rehabilitative and regenerative engineering.
  • We advance physical systems augmented by computation.
  • These cyber-physical systems include smart management of water systems for sustainability, advanced manufacturing, intelligent transportation, smart grid, and unmanned vehicles and aerial systems.
  • Our research advances the infrastructure needed to support cyber-physical systems, often referred to as the internet-of-things, and to assure our national security. This includes cyber engineering, cybersecurity, assurance, cognitive wireless networks, precision sensing, data science, and analytics.
  • We address the impact of engineering systems on the environment, with our focus on clean energy, including energy sources, conversion, and conservation, and with our focus on sustainability, including water.


  • Hire 12 research professors in strategic research areas, especially endowed chairs, to attract transformative research leaders and mentors
  • Aggregate research equipment across campus into shared facilities and recharge centers to foster usage and collaboration among faculty, industry and university partners
  • Establish refresh funds to maintain state-of-the-art research equipment and supplies
  • Invest in corporate relations to build partnerships around translating research into market needs
  • Establish a University focus on autonomy, cybersecurity, and policy to augment Central New York’s $500 million economic revitalization initiative
  • Establish an undergraduate research scholars program to attract domestic students to doctoral programs
  • Establish a Future Faculty program for doctoral students to enhance teaching skills of our nation’s future professors