More than 7,500 alumni of the Herff College of Engineering are making an impact worldwide
in a variety of careers, and you can join them. From working with NASA on the International
Space Station to serving as chief technologist in robotics for the U.S. Army and Marine
Corps, from consultants to presidents and CEOs of companies, our graduates are global
success stories. In addition to traditional engineering careers, Herff graduates
may be found practicing medicine and law, teaching and working in top-level management
for large corporations or small private firms. Check out the alumni profiles page to see what just a few of them are up to.
Whatever path you take, a degree from the Herff College will lead you to a financially
rewarding career with a high level of job satisfaction, and you will make significant
contributions to society.
Now some answers to other questions you might have:
What programs may I study?
The Herff College of Engineering offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate
What kind of salary can I expect to earn?
Graduates with a bachelor's degree in engineering may expect to earn an average starting
salary from $40,000-$50,000 in the Mid-South with higher salaries paid in other parts
of the country, depending on the degree earned and current economic conditions.
What about research and on-the-job opportunities?
While studying in Memphis, the "Distribution Capital of the World" and an emerging
biotechnology center, you will have the chance to work with faculty on world-class
research for global companies such as FedEx, for governmental organizations such as
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or for other premier organizations, such as St.
Jude Children's Research Hospital. These opportunities are available to undergraduates
as well as graduate students.
In addition, we have a strong co-op program. More than 200 companies have hired our
students under this program, and most of the students who participate are hired by
those companies after graduation.
What's the University of Memphis environment like?
At the Herff College of Engineering, you will have the best of both worlds: You'll
be part of a small college of about 1,000 students within a large, metropolitan research
university of more than 20,000 students. NCAA Division I sports, cultural activities,
social organizations and more abound -- all within the context of a multicultural
student body with students from 83 foreign countries.
Nearly 60 faculty members with outstanding academic and professional credentials provide
excellent classroom instruction for our students as well as providing them with opportunities
to participate in research at the frontiers of modern day technology.
The average engineering class size is approximately 20 students. This promotes more
interaction with faculty and your peers.
You may participate in the Honors Program, and there are numerous engineering societies
that are ready to welcome you.
What is accreditation, and why does it matter?
A degree from an accredited engineering program is important to job placement after
graduation. It enhances your ability to be highly competitive for the best engineering
jobs available in the market place and puts you on the first step to registration
as a licensed professional engineer. All undergraduate programs in the Herff College,
except for Biomedical Engineering, are accredited by ABET, Inc., the accreditation
board for engineering, applied science, computer science, and technology programs.
The newest undergraduate program in the college, Biomedical Engineering, will undergo
an accreditation visit after the appropriate numbers of students have graduated, a
requirement of ABET. Accreditation means we have met a set of standards that ensure
that our graduates are well prepared for professional practice.
Can I make it in engineering?
Because engineering is a challenging program, the Herff College wil provide you with
tools to ensure your success, such as:
- Engineering Preparation Class for Entering Freshmen
- In-College Tutors
- Academic Living Learning Community
- Technical Writing Workshop
- State-of-the-Art Labs and Equipment