CU-Boulder offers the top-ranked engineering programs in Colorado and the entire Rocky Mountain Region.
U.S. News & World Report ranks the college 32nd overall and 17th among public institutions at the undergraduate level, and 34th overall and 20th among public institutions at the graduate level, among nearly 200 comprehensive U.S. engineering programs. Four graduate programs (aerospace, chemical, civil, and mechanical engineering) are ranked among the top 15 overall by the National Research Council.
The engineering faculty has been distinguished with numerous honors and awards, including 40 National Science Foundation CAREER Awards, 18 National or Presidential Young Investigator and Faculty Fellow Awards, 12 faculty elected to the National Academy of Engineering, two Packard Fellows, and one Howard Hughes Medical Investigator.
Eighteen individuals affiliated with CU-Boulder have flown in space as NASA astronauts, placing the campus among the top five American universities, excluding military academies, in the number of astronauts it has produced. Thirteen of these astronauts are affiliates of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, including James Voss (shown in photo) who in 2009 became the second former astronaut to join the CU faculty in the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences.
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