College History

In 1907, the Board of Trustees approved the initiation of two-year programs in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering leading to bachelor’s degrees. Howard University was the first American university to offer engineering education to people of color.

It was during the period of 1907-1910 that the two-year programs in architecture, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering were introduced into the curriculum of the School of Manual Arts and Applied Sciences.

By 1911, a four-year curriculum leading to the bachelor's degree was established and a separate building was constructed and equipped to house the School.

Eight years later, the School of Manuel Arts and Applied Sciences was reorganized into the College of Applied Sciences, which included under its umbrella the departments of architecture, engineering, art and home economics.

In 1934, the School of Engineering and Architecture was established as a separate unit of the University--appropriate to the recognition of distinct and important role of engineering and architecture professions.

In 1970-1997, the School of Engineering and Architecture was divided into two schools--the School of Engineering and the School of Architecture and City Planning. During this period chemical engineering and the computer science programs, which were inaugurated in the 1970-1980 era.

Thus, after 27 years, the programs of both Schools were reunited under one organizational umbrella in 1997 as the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences (CEACS).



After a century of existence, Howard University’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Science is still steadfast in it original mission of educating and developing African Americans in the engineering fields. Along with being one of the top produces of black engineers, the college also attracts international students from countries on six continents.

News

Architecture Graduates Elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects

Wed, April, 12 2017

We are pleased to announce that two graduates of the Howard University Department of Architecture, Kwendeche (B.Arch. 1976) and Kathy Dixon (B.Arch. 1991), have been elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA). This is an unparalleled honor and the highest individual recognition bestowed by the Institute. The selection process is rigorous. Approximately three percent of the more than 90,000 AIA members have this distinction. The recipients of the FAIA are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the profession either through design, architectural education or the advancement of the profession after 10 years of AIA membership. The 2017 FAIA class consists of 178 people.Read More >>

2016 AIChE Annual Student Conference in San Francisco

Wed, March, 1 2017

One Senior and six juniors chemical engineering students respectively participated in the 2016 AIChE Annual Student Conference in San Francisco, CA, November 14-18, 2016. The­ students were Simone Stanley, April Howard, Anayia Reliford, Mahtab Waseem, Bekuechukwu Uzondu, Diwash Bajracharya and Okeoghene Osevwe. Simone Stanley (Senior Chemical Engineering student) won first place for her presentation of “An Experiment Based Smartphone Education App for a Simple Introduction to Chemical Engineering Kinetics” in the General Engineering and Engineering Education session of the poster competition.Read More >>

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