Message from the Dean

Dean Ray

Dr. Jeff Ray, Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology

Creativity – Enthusiasm - Society

Innovation, Project-based Learning, and Entrepreneurship are the cornerstones of excellence in our engineering and technology-focused programs at Western Carolina University. It is an honor and privilege to be associated with the outstanding students, faculty, and staff as the Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology at Western Carolina University.

Our programs in engineering, technology, and construction are world-class in every aspect. Our entire Faculty has industry experience to bring real-world applications to the classroom and experiential laboratory experiences. The hallmark of our programs is the Project-based Learning environment all students take throughout their time at WCU.

Students work on real-world projects and address the Grand Challenges facing society globally. From affordable power, clean water, infrastructure issues, to virtual reality our undergraduate and graduate students meet the challenges facing society. The inclusion of The Rapid Center as part of the college enhances our capabilities to bring in industry sponsors for many of our projects and promote economic development in the southeast U.S. and beyond.

I invite you to explore our innovative and entrepreneurial programs and see how we are changing the world from western North Carolina.

Looking forward to meeting you on campus soon,

Jeffrey L. Ray, Ph.D., F.ASEE

Dean, College of Engineering and Technology

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