25 by 25 Programs

Through the 25 by 25 initiative, the College of Engineering is enhancing our students' learning experiences through many new student success and retention programs including:

ENGR[x]

ENGR[x] is a high-impact learning experience outside of a student's current curriculum that helps better prepare them for the workforce in their area of interest. All students as of the fall 2017 are required to complete at least one ENGR[x] activity as part of their degree plan. Some examples of activities students can participate in are:

  • Entrepreneurship - for students interested in launching their own startup, commercializing a product or becoming the lead of design and innovation at a Fortune 500 company.
  • Zachry Leadership - a program to further empower students to become future leaders who are well versed in free enterprise, collaborative in their decision-making, and humbly self-confident in their behaviors.
  • Community Service - participation in The Big Event, Engineers Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity or another community activity.
  • Student Research

    Global Experience - helps students gain a global perspective by participating in an experience such as an international internships and study abroad
  • Engineering Honors Program - provides the opportunity to interact with other high-achieving students and with honors faculty, creating a community of scholars that combines the benefits of a small college with the resources a of a major research institutions
  • Undergraduate Research Experience - Engages students in team research projects related to engineering challenges facing society today.

Engineer Design Competition


More hands-on learning opportunities

Aggies Invent

Aggies Invent - a 48-hour make-a-thon to spark innovation, creativity and communications skills. Offered several times each semester, Aggies Invent offers students the opportunity to be part of an interdisciplinary team and compete for cash awards.

Design Competitions - opportunities for students to apply engineering skills in solving real-world problems as part of a multidisciplinary team while competing with the best teams across the nation.

Engineering Project Showcase - an annual showcase of undergraduate technical team projects designed to enhance project management and presentation skills. More than 150 teams present their poster and/or prototype to a panel of industry judges.

Engineering Innovation Center - a creative facility available to engineering undergraduates where student concepts can become solutions. Students have access to prototyping tools, equipment and support staff. There is also a video conferencing room, video production facilities and a CAD design studio.

Modern Instruction - Studies have shown that active learning environments help students retain information better than traditional passive learning environments or lectures. The college of engineering is adopting more active learning instruction such as flipped classrooms which allows students to view lecture materials online before attending class to encourage problem solving discussions with their instructor in the classroom.

Small Class Sizes - Through the 25 by 25 initiative, the college has committed to keeping all engineering classes below 100 students. Currently 100% of engineering classes are less than 100 students, 54% of undergraduate classes are less than 50 students and 94% of graduate level classes are less than 50 students.

Halliburton Engineering Global Programs

Study Abroad

  • International Engineering Certificate - in today's global environment, it is important for students to complement their core technical knowledge with a cross-cultural and international experience. This certificate prepares engineering undergraduates to join the global job market.
  • Go Abroad - The college of engineering offers many opportunities for students to gain a valuable international experience such as an international internship or study abroad experience.

Quality Faculty and Professors of Practice

  • Professors of Practice - In addition to learning from top academic scholars, the college of engineering also has 65 industry leaders or professors of practice who have come back to the classroom to share their real world expertise.
  • Quality Faculty - The college of engineering currently has more than 600 faculty including 18 members of the National Academy of Engineering, two members of the National Academy of Science and 20 International Academy Members.

Student With Faculty

First Year Engineering Programs

Engineering Village at The Commons/Living Learning Community - A living learning community for freshman and sophomore engineering students that offers an opportunity for students to live among their peers and have close access to tutoring and other support services.

Summer Bridge

First-Generation Engineering Students Mentoring Program - A mentoring program designed to enhance a first-generation engineering student's educational and social experiences on campus to help them reach their personal and professional goals.

Summer Bridge Program - A five-week summer program to help make the transition from high school to college smoother by familiarizing students with campus life and allowing students to get a head start on their classes.

Entry to a Major - to help increase student retention and assist students in making more informed decisions when selecting a major of study. The college of engineering now admits all new undergraduate students into a general engineering program of study until the spring semester of their freshman year when they can apply to the major that best matches their career goals.

Modern, high-tech learning environments

Active Learning Classroom

Zachry Engineering Education Complex Learning Studios - the ZEEC will offer undergraduate students the most modern learning environment on campus. Instead of lecture halls, there will be active-learning studios that foster teamwork and furniture that fully integrates technology.

Interdisciplinary Engineering Degrees - A degree program designed for students to specialize in areas that may not be provided in traditional department degree programs but perhaps driven by emerging technical fields. It is a highly focused and technical specialization study that crosses the conventionally established discipline of engineering or crosses between engineering and non-engineering disciplines.