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The College of Engineering and Technology Mission and Vision

The College of Engineering and Technology, one of WCU's six academic colleges, houses programs in engineering, technology and construction management. The college is committed to its statewide mission for education and its regional mission for engagement. The college provides innovative undergraduate and graduate level academic programs in Construction Management and Engineering and Technology for students in an environment that supports economic development, professional development, and involvement with businesses and industries. It fulfills its academic missions through teaching and learning, scholarship and discovery, and service and engagement.

The College of Engineering and Technology’s vision is to become a national model for applications-focused engineering and technology education and a leader is project based learning.

Academic Programs

Academically, the College of Engineering and Technology offers several accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees in Construction Management and in Engineering and Technology. Our graduate programs have a variety of options, including online classes and courses offered in Asheville at WCU's Biltmore Park instructional site to make coursework convenient for professionals.

Our industry-experienced faculty members work hands-on with students, in classrooms and labs, on campus or online, offering instruction, academic advising and extra assistance when needed.

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs 

The Rapid Center

The College of Engineering and Technology houses and operates a product research and development facility known as The Rapid Center. Through the center we are able to provide the services of a university-based, product development center for inventors, entrepreneurs, project sponsors and business partners throughout the Southeast and beyond.

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Our offices are located in the Belk Building, which, along with the Center for Applied Technology, houses classrooms and laboratories. These include the Optoelectronics Lab, Automations Lab, Construction Estimating and Surveying Lab and the Engineering Design Lab, among others.

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Office of the Dean

Name Area of Specialization Phone Office
Chip Ferguson; Interim Dean Mechanical Engineering  828.227.2159 Belk 161A
Bruce Gehrig; Interim Associate Dean, Kimmel Distinguished Professor of Leadership Civil Engineering, Construction Management 828.227.2544 Belk 161B
Brittney Buchanan Executive Assistant 828.227.2434 Belk 161
Jessica Olshefski Administrative Support Specialist 828.227.2159 Belk 161
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