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William States Lee College of Engineering

The William States Lee College of Engineering at UNC Charlotte

Why Unc Charlotte Is Your Destination For Engineering The Future

As an engineering hub for energy, manufacturing, automotive, microelectronics, transportation, construction, environmental and biotechnology industries, North Carolina relies on strong engineers to move it forward. As one of the top engineering programs in North Carolina, the William States Lee College of Engineering practices learning by doing, often in partnership with industry leaders. UNC Charlotte engineering students prepare themselves to take on engineering challenges that will shape the future of North Carolina, the country and the world.

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Civil engineers and environmental engineers work with some of our planet's most basic building blocks to develop new uses and applications. They are builders, designing and constructing skyscrapers, bridges, roads and even entire cities – while also solving some of our planet's most serious problems, such as environmental pollution, aging infrastructure, need for alternative energy sources and overcrowded transportation systems.

Career Fields:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Urban Planning
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Architectural Management
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Power Systems Structural Analyst
  • Environmental Impact Consulting
  • Geotechnical Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering

The work of electrical and computer engineers touches almost all aspects of modern technology — from developing alternative energy sources and smart grids, to microscopic circuits on the chip of a laptop computer. Electrical and computer engineers are innovators in research, development, design, testing, manufacturing and operation of new and complex technologies like nuclear power reactors or even small robots.

Career Fields:

  • Computer Hardware Engineering
  • Alternative Energy Systems
  • Energy Efficiency Engineering
  • Software Development
  • Network Engineering
  • Robotics Engineering
  • Electrical Design
  • Microelectronics
  • Optoelectronics

Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Science

Mechanical engineering impacts technology of the past, present and future — from the early manufacturing of Model Ts, to the launching of today's Space Shuttle, to the development of tomorrow's alternative energy sources. The traditional mechanical components of machinery and manufacturing are now being altered with new developments in superconductivity, precision engineering, robotics and energy conversion.

Career Fields:

  • Motorsport Engineering
  • Energy Efficiency Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomechanical Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Power Distribution Consulting

Systems Engineering & Engineering Management

To succeed in today’s changing global business environment, organizations need professionals who can integrate engineering and business operations. Systems Engineering and Engineering Management graduates do this by incorporating both fields in design, production, manufacturing, logistics, sales and service. These professionals graduate with the ability to succeed in many industries like manufacturing, energy, transportation, automotive and health care.

Career Fields:

  • Systems Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Operations Research
  • Business & Technology Consulting
  • Production Management
  • Operations Management
  • Design/Development Engineering
  • Process Engineering
  • Product Management
  • Quality Engineering
  • Reliability Engineering
  • Solutions Architecture
  • Applications Engineering

Engineering Technology

Engineering technology combines skills in mathematics with natural sciences to implement existing technology for the benefit of humanity. By bringing together the applied aspects of science and engineering and emphasizing laboratory experiences, the William States Lee College engineering technology programs prepare graduates for roles in product improvement, manufacturing and engineering operational functions.

Career Fields:

  • Field Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Fire Protection
  • Energy Systems Quality Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Technology Sales
  • Health and Safety Engineering
  • Energy Applications Management
  • Power Plant Management
  • Energy Operations Engineering

Building From The Beginning

At the William States Lee College of Engineering, we study, design, research and build together. From the bachelors to the doctoral level, college of engineering students participate in experiential, hands-on projects; learning to visualize, design, create, build and apply.

Hands-On Projects

Freshman year, you’ll design and build projects like spring-powered cars, electronic circuits and balsa wood bridges that compliment your in-class learning with hands-on experiences. Seniors tackle real-world industrial and often interdisciplinary projects such as bomb-detecting robots and high-pressure piping systems for nuclear plants through our Industrial Solutions Lab. All undergraduate and graduate students work alongside top faculty and gain valuable real-world experience.

Hands-On Projects


With over 13,000 alumni employed across industries, joining the the William States Lee College of Engineering puts you in touch with an extensive network of professionals who are as dedicated to driving the future of engineering as you are. Over 8,000 of these alumni live and work in the Charlotte region, while many others work in Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and New York. Our graduates are highly recruited by companies like AREVA, Duke Energy, Freightliner, Hendrick Motorsports, Honda, Ingersoll-Rand, NavAir, NC-DOT, Trane Technologies, Siemens, and AECOM.


Excellence In Research

Researchers in the William States Lee College of Engineering won more than 75 grants totaling almost $16.5 million in 2019. Our interdisciplinary research centers range from Precision Metrology, to Energy Production and Infrastructure, to Biomedical Engineering, to Motorsports and Automotive Research.

Top Regional Employers

North Carolina Resilience

Automotive Industry
Automotive Industry
From Freightliner and Daimler Trucks to Caterpillar and Bridgestone, North Carolina touts the 10th-largest automotive sector employment in the country.
Plastics & Chemicals Industry
Plastics & Chemicals Industry
North Carolina’s plastics and chemicals industry is growing at 1.5 times the rate of the national average and holds the title of being the fifth-largest plastics and chemicals workforce in the U.S.
Aerospace & Defense Industry
Aerospace & Defense Industry
North Carolina is home to the second fastest growing aerospace sector in the U.S.
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
North Carolina's biotechnology industry is comprised of 600+ companies and over 60,000 employees spanning pharmaceutical manufacturing and health informatics to crop genetic engineering.
Abet Accredited
Abet Accredited
Continuously ABET accredited since 1974.
15% Of Nascar Engineers
15% Of Nascar Engineers
UNC Charlotte graduates make up 15% of all engineers employed by NASCAR.
$16.5 Million
$16.5 Million
Externally funded research grants.

Alumni Across the Carolinas

UNC Charlotte alumni live, work, teach and support communities throughout the state.

North Carolina
  • Asheville, NC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Concord, NC
  • Durham, NC
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Greenville, NC
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Rocky Mount, NC
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Winston-Salem, NC

Ready To Build The Future?

Take the first step and contact the William States Lee College of Engineering and enroll in one of North Carolina’s top engineering programs.