College History

Early Howard male computer science undergraduate student in lab using equipmentEarly Howard female chemical engineering undergraduate student in lab using equipmentEarly Howard electrical engineering undergraduate students in classroom collaborating on projectEarly Howard female computer science undergraduate students in lab, laughing and sitting in a circleEarly Howard female computer science undergraduate students in lab reading graphsEarly Howard male mechanical engineering undergraduate student in lab using equipment

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 time 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. A separate building was constructed and equipped to house the School.

Early Howard engineering undergraduate students in electric power lab receiving instruction

Eight years later, the School of Manual 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 the distinctiveness of the engineering and architecture professions.

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

In 1997, after 27 years, the two schools were rejoined as the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Science (CEACS).

Early Howard engineering undergraduate students in classroom receiving instruction

In 2016, CEACS was structurally reorganized as the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA).

After over a century, CEA is still steadfast in its original mission of educating and developing African Americans as powerful leaders in the engineering fields. In addition to being one of the top producers of black engineers, the college also attracts international students from around the globe.

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Alumna Sylvia Wilson Thomas Inducted into the AIMBE College of Fellows

Fri, June, 12 2020

Electrical Engineering Alumna Sylvia Wilson Thomas (Ph.D. ‘99) was recently inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows Class of 2020. The AIMBE College of Fellows has inducted 2,000 fellows since it was founded in 1991. According to the AIMBE website, “fellows are nominated each year by their peers and represent the top 2% of the medical and biological engineering community. They are considered the life-blood of AIMBE and work towards realizing AIMBE’s vision to provide medical and biological engineering innovation for the benefit of humanity.”Read More >>

Mechanical Engineering Faculty Lead Free Online Summer Immersion Program

Wed, June, 10 2020

College of Engineering and Architecture Director of Innovation and Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Grant Warner, Ph.D., along with Mechanical Engineering Professor Gbadebo Moses Owolabi, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor Hyung Bae, Ph.D., will be leading the AMP3 Summer Immersion Program at Howard University. Read More >>

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