When you join the College of Engineering, you also join MU, the UM System and city of Columbia. Explore these resources to fully get to know the communities that encompass the College of Engineering. Read below for more information and links to useful divisions of the university and services in the city.

Living in Columbia

Home to approximately 119,000 full-time residents, Missouri’s fourth largest city is the educational, cultural and sporting epicenter of the state’s heartland. The combination of the city’s opportunities for entrepreneurs, including the cost of business, job growth rate and education have ranked the city as fourth on Forbes’ list of Best Small Places for Business and Careers. Several well-known companies also factor into the city’s growing economy, including Carfax, Shelter Insurance and Veteran’s United Home Loans, which were all founded in Columbia and maintain headquarters or facilities in the city. Columbia also is the home base for MFA Oil and Missouri Employers Mutual.

Proximity to many of the state’s resources and large urban metropolises make this “small town” feel much bigger. With easy access to Kansas City, St. Louis and the state leaders in Jefferson City, travel to and from Columbia is as simple as a drive down the highway.

In addition to Mizzou, the city contains two other higher education institutions — Columbia College and Stephens College — as well as the State Board of Education-accredited Columbia Public Schools District, serving more than 17,000 of the city’s kindergarten through senior high school students.

Families, sports enthusiasts, and nature lovers will enjoy Columbia’s vast and varied outdoor activities, including hiking at Rock Bridge State Park, or walking, running or biking along one of Columbia’s many pathways and trails, including the 237-mile Katy Trail. Mizzou’s NCAA Division I sports teams allow fans to cheer on the Tigers in Fall, Winter and Spring sports.

Finally, explore the diverse culture and events of Columbia at many annual events, including the True/False Film Festival, Citizen Jane Film Festival, Roots N Blues N BBQ music festival and more. The vibrant downtown area is only a short walk from the MU campus and is a gathering place for families, adults and students to enjoy a show, dinner, music, shopping and more.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Forbes, Missouri DESE, Missouri DNR, University of Missouri

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What does it mean that Mizzou is a member of the AAU?

The Association of American Universities (AAU) is made up of 62 research universities (34 public) in the U.S. and Canada. Membership is invitation-only and based on the globally renowned achievements in terms of scholarship and academic research, as well as the quality of programs for undergraduates, graduate students and doctoral students. Membership means a university is at the forefront of innovation, scholarship and cutting-edge solutions to world problems. The organization itself serves to advance the standing of research universities around the country.

What does it mean that Mizzou is a Tier 1 university?

Research I universities such as Mizzou are institutions classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as engaging in extensive research activity. Mizzou is one of just two such institutions — and the only such public university — in the state. Per the 1994 edition of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, such universities:

  • Offer a full range of baccalaureate programs
  • Are committed to graduate education through the doctorate
  • Give high priority to research
  • Award 50 or more doctoral degrees each year
  • Receive annually $40 million or more in federal support

How can I find out the status of my application?

Head to myHR and log in using the account information you created when you applied. Then click on the tab in the left-hand navigation bar that says “myCareer” and select Career Opportunities. From there, you should be able to see the status of your applications.

Where can I find more information about the city of Columbia?

You can find out more about living in Columbia by visiting our information page here. Additional information can be found at the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website.

What is the vision and mission for the College of Engineering? (long-term goals)

As part of the recently developed, five-year strategic plan, the College of Engineering defined four Pillars of Pursuit based on existing strengths and areas for growth. Those four pillars are as follows: Educating Engineering Leaders, Big Data Analytics, Biomedical Innovations and Sustainability inFEWSed (Food, Energy, Water, Smart Cities). The vision for the college is to grow into the college of choice for world-class students and faculty in those four key areas.

Where do I find existing faculty in certain research areas?

You can find existing research tags on the College of Engineering website here. Clicking on a particular tag will give you a list of researchers who have listed that subject as an area of interest to their research.

How many students are enrolled in the College of Engineering?

3,861 students total are enrolled in the MU College of Engineering. The breakdown is as follows:

  • 3,272 undergraduates
  • 294 master’s students
  • 295 doctoral students

Who are the department chairs?

Bioengineering: Jinglu Tan, Ph.D.

Chemical Engineering: Patrick Pinhero (interim), Ph.D.

Civil and Environmental Engineering: Zhiqiang Hu (interim), Ph.D.

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science: Kannappan Palaniappan, Ph.D.

Information Technology: Dong Xu (program director), Ph.D.

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering: Luis Occena, Ph.D.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering: Yuwen Zhang, Ph.D.

Who comprises the College of Engineering’s leadership (dean, associate deans)?

Dean: Elizabeth G. Loboa, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Research: Sheila Grant, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Academic Programs: Hani Salim, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Industrial Relations and Entrepreneurship: Steve Devlin

Planning and Operations Facilitator: Cerry Klein, Ph.D.

Who are the administrative leaders at the University? UM System?

University of Missouri

  • Chancellor: Hank Foley (interim), Ph.D.
  • Vice President of Information Systems/Chief Information Officer: Gary Allen, Ph.D.
  • Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development: Mark McIntosh, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights and Title IX: Ellen Eardley, J.D.
  • Chief of Staff: Brian Millner
  • Vice Chancellor for Finance/Chief Financial Officer: Rhonda Gibler, Ph.D.
  • Vice Chancellor for Human Resources: Patty Haberberger
  • Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs: Cathy Scroggs, Ph.D.
  • Vice Chancellor for Advancement: Tom Hiles
  • Vice Chancellor for Extension: Marshall Stewart, Ph.D.
  • Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications: Jennifer Hollingshead
  • Vice Chancellor for Operations/Chief Operating Officer: Gary Ward
  • Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs: Garnett Stokes, Ph.D.
  • Associate Provost: Christine Holt
  • Chief Executive and Operating Officer: Mitch Wasden
  • Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations: Todd McCubbin
  • Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity: Kevin McDonald, J.D., Ed.D.


UM System

  • Interim President: Michael Middleton, J.D.
  • President Designate (takes office March 1): Mun Y. Choi, Ph.D.
  • Chief of Staff: David Russell
  • Chief Audit Executive/Vice President for Finance/Chief Financial Officer: Ryan Rapp
  • Secretary of the Board: Cindy Harmon
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs, Research and Economic Development: Bob Schwartz, Ph.D.
  • Vice President for Human Resources: Jill Pollock
  • Vice President for Information Technology: Gary Allen, Ph.D.
  • Vice President for University Relations: Stephen Knorr
  • Chief Communications Officer: John Fougere

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