The Faculty of Engineering at Urmia University had a humble beginning and initiated its work as a technical school providing associate-degree (A.S.) programs in the fields of Electronics and Civil Engineering. The major aim of founding this school was to promote science and technology in different engineering trends and offer technical services for industries at provincial scale. After recruiting experienced and qualified faculty members, in 1988, the school officials admitted BS students in Civil Engineering and Electronics. The school was promoted into the Faculty of Engineering after establishing the field of Mechanical Heat and Fluid in 1991.
Thanks to outstanding faculty members of Electronics Department, Master’s and PhD programs in Electronics were launched in 1995 and 1997, respectively. The Department of Electronics extended its activities with admitting students in Master of Telecommunication in 2001, PhD in Telecommunication in 2012, Master of Electronics with Micro-Nano Electronics System strand in 2013, and PhD in Electronics-Power in 2014. In parallel with these developments, the Department of Mechanical Engineering initiated its work in higher education with offering Master of Energy Conversion and Manufacturing. After winning authorization and accreditation from Iran’s Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology, this department embarked upon running it PhD program in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Energy Conversion in 2006, PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Design Application strand) in 2012 and PhD program in Manufacturing in 2014.
The Department of Civil Engineering received the ministerial license to offer MS degree in Structural Engineering in 1998. Since then, this department has been running graduate programs in this field. Later, it extended its scope of academic programs through establishing new programs including Master of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering in 1999, PhD in Hydraulic Structures and PhD in Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering in 2013, PhD in Geotechnical Engineering in 2014, and PhD in Environmental Engineering in 2015.
Concurrent with these radical improvements in the Faculty of Engineering, an undergraduate program in Mining Engineering was also launched in 2000, and its scope of graduate courses was broadened following the establishment of MS programs in Mining Exploration, Mining Extraction in 2004, and Tunnel and Underground Spaces in 2015.
Following these activities, the Department of Computer Software Engineering joined other departments in 2002 and initiated its activities in higher education with providing MS programs in Computer Networks and PhD in Computer Networks in 2009 and 2012, respectively. Owing to the dedicated efforts of the faculty and administrators in the department, Industrial Engineering and Polymer Engineering were added in 2015.
Currently, this faculty enjoys full time cooperation of 11 professors, 17 associate professors, 35 assistant professors, and 3 lecturers. The student body of the faculty includes 1691 undergraduate and 391 MS students, and 15 PhD candidates.