Why UNC Charlotte Engineering?

Will you fit in at the Lee College of Engineering?

Were you the kind of kid who would take apart your toys to see how they worked, got excited when new software upgrades came out, or had the best-built tree house in the neighborhood? If so, you’ll fit in great at The William States Lee College of Engineering.

Here are a few things to know about us:

Hands-on Learning

We believe in learning by doing, so all of our programs include practical components. Starting in the freshmen year we work in teams to design and build projects including spring-powered cars, electronic circuits and balsa wood bridges. Hands-on learning continues through the senior year, where interdisciplinary teams work on real-world projects, many of the supported by industry partners.

Aaron Cook - Senior, Electrical Engineering

"I’ve always like designing things and putting things together. I’ve been able to work with my hands in the labs here and learn what’s behind all of the things we learn in the classroom. That’s the experience I wanted when I came to Charlotte and it’s been a big part of why I like it here.”


Student Support

Our Office of Student Development and Success offers a variety of academic and professional support programs designed to enhance the first-year experience and successfully transition you through the curriculum. These programs include the Freshmen Learning Community in Hawthorn Hall, peer mentoring and supplemental instruction, the Leadership Academy, and diversity programs.


Bethany Burke - Senior,Civil Engineering

“I did the Leadership Academy last year. I learned a lot about who I was, what kind of person I want to be and how I can apply that in my career. We did service projects together where we learned a lot about each other and ourselves. It was a great experience.”



We have some of the finest facilities of any engineering program in the country. Spread out across UNC Charlotte’s beautiful 1,000-acre campus, our buildings contain classrooms, laboratories, computer labs and study areas that provide an outstanding environment for experiential learning.

Babiker Suliman - junior, Mechanical Engineering

“When I came here on a tour and saw the motorsports buildings, the machine shops and the laboratories I thought ‘This is pretty cool.’ Now when I’m in the labs doing the work, even though it’s challenging, I feel like I’m seeing the benefits of our great facilities.”  



Study Concentrations

Allowing students to focus their education on particular areas of interests, our academic departments offer study concentrations in areas such as energy, motorsports, environmental, computers, biomedical, transportation, fire safety, and more engineering disciplines.

Rewarding Careers

Our graduates go on to rewarding careers as engineering designers, builders, technicians, researchers, analysts and managers in all branches of engineering and technoloy. A listing of some of the many companies our alumni work at is here. 

Student Groups

The Lee College of Engineering has more than 25 student organizations and clubs ranging from rocketry, to robots, to academic excellence and engineering professional societies. Examples include the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, the American Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and more.


If you think you might be interested in becoming part of The William States Lee College of Engineering, contact us to set up a visit and come explore for yourself.