What about class size at a large university like the University of Memphis?
In the Herff College of Engineering, class sizes average about 20 students. The largest
sections may have as many as 35 students but that is the exception rather than the
rule. Class sizes like this allow for personal interaction between the instructor
and students and provide an outstanding learning environment.
Will graduate students teach my classes?
With nearly 60 faculty members, the College of Engineering doesn’t need to use graduate
students to teach classes. However, sometimes graduate students serve as lab assistants,
but even in those cases there is a faculty member who oversees and is responsible
for the lab.
Who teaches the classes?
The College of Engineering has a diverse faculty with outstanding academic and professional
credentials. 100 percent of the engineering faculty hold a doctorate (many from prestigious
schools such as MIT, Rice, Vanderbilt, Cal Tech, Illinois, Northwestern and Georgia
Tech), over 40 percent are licensed as professional engineers (some in several states),
and over 80 percent have industrial and professional experience. All faculty members
are involved in professional development activities and are committed to providing
a quality engineering education.
Which is more important at the College of Engineering-- research or teaching?
Faculty members typically have three responsibilities, teaching, research or scholarship
and service to the community and the engineering profession. In the College of Engineering,
their first and foremost responsibility is providing quality instruction to our undergraduate
and graduate students. As a part of their scholarship, some of our faculty write the
textbooks used by our students and by students at other universities. Out students
benefit when our faculty bring their experiences with current engineering research
and practice to the classroom. Frequently, undergraduates are involved in our cutting-edge
research activities that are supported by a variety of State and Federal organizations
and many private-sector companies.
What about facilities?
The College of Engineering has nearly 20,000 square feet of classroom space and nearly
50,000 square feet of laboratory space devoted to instruction at the undergraduate
and graduate levels. A continual process of laboratory improvement maintains the quality
of the laboratory experiences. The computational environment is state-of-the-art and
contains both wired and wireless access to a campus-wide network, including Internet
II. Extensive packages of both general-purpose and discipline-specific software and
hardware are available to support your engineering studies.
You may have questions that aren’t addressed here. If so, the best way to get the
answers is to visit the College of Engineering, find out about our degree programs
and meet our dedicated faculty and staff. To set up a visit, call 901-678-3258.