Engineering is a versatile branch of science and technology that includes design building and the use of machines. But defining engineering in the 21st century has become more about letting go of the confines of a dictionary definition and much more about innovation. The world’s most famous engineers can not be pigeonholed into the term “engineer” they defy the boundaries. Nikola Tesla was a mechanical engineer and a physicist as well as an electrical engineer. Gustav Eiffel was a civil engineer and an architect who also focused his research on meteorology and aerodynamics – perhaps why his most famous structure seems to reach ever upwards towards the heavens. Leonardo da Vinci studied architecture, literature, painting, and sculpture. Hedy Lamarr was an actress and an inventor, etc. Those who call themselves “engineers” are really today’s greatest thinkers and “engineering” to solve today’s global problems requires decidedly out-of-the-box thinking. It’s no surprise to find that today the world’s best engineering schools utilize an interdisciplinary approach to a great extent. The top engineering schools recognize the level of great importance of their work and are not only working towards solving problems but towards discovering problems we may not even see. This calls for imagination, creativity and innovation. The following are our pick for top 20 schools in the world. All of these schools have world-class faculty, an educational atmosphere that welcomes new thoughts, and a student body that dares to boldly go into new territories for engineering with all of the fundamentals still readily in place. We selected these programs for their diversity represented by international presence, their student-to-faculty ratio which is an indicator of high levels of continued research, their H-Index (measuring quality and quantity of publications), and their academic reputation which in many cases speaks for itself.
- Research Strength (1/4): the relative importance and volume of engineering professor publications at a given school, as measured by their H-Index.
- Academic Reputation (1/4): the prestige of a given institution as reported by peers in the field.
- Student Faculty Ratio (1/4): the relative rank of an institutions student to faculty ratio.
- Percentage of International Students (1/4): the relative rank of a school based on what percentage of their student body are international.