Nearly 125 years have passed since engineering was added to the curriculum at WVU, and there is little that an engineer of 1887 would recognize in our technology-driven, high-velocity, and globalized environment. The basics still apply, of course: forces, physics, and energy. Engineers are a forward-looking bunch—show them something that works better than what they know, and even if they were hard-pressed to imagine it, they will still adopt it, adapt it, understand it, and make it work even better than better.

The students, faculty, and staff in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources have a similar mindset. As the world has changed (and, of course, engineering is very often how the world is changed), we have changed ahead of it. Changed the ways in which we educate our students, changed the technologies and approaches we use to continue to reflect what practitioners will find in a challenge-filled and opportunity-rich future, and changed the way we marshal our research and intellectual capital—our State of Minds—to serve the people and industries of West Virginia. We have added a wealth of new multidisciplinary programs, added additional talented faculty as teachers and researchers, and added new students—now more than 3,000 are learning here—to become the leaders of tomorrow in engineering and mineral resources.

All of this progress has brought us growing national recognition overall as well as national prominence in areas ranging from biometric engineering to advanced materials; from coal, gas, and oil to alternative fuels; and from cyber security to nanotechnology. Each of these things will be very important for the citizens and businesses of West Virginia as we bring our State of Minds to bear on the goals of growing and diversifying our economy.

The Trajectory of Success

We have a healthy respect for our core values and traditions at the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Two that stand out: an absolute commitment to the quality of our programs—nothing is ever added until we are confident that we can do it as well or better than our peer institutions—and a value-added approach for our students and their careers. We have a greater-than-average number of first-generation university students in West Virginia, and we have always been dedicated to providing exceptional opportunities to every student, helping them go farther and achieve more than even they imagined.

That being said, everything else is on the table. Everything that is better, smarter, more experiential, more connected to the community, and more likely to lead to innovation is in the mix. We have no interest in the accepted wisdom unless it can be proven to be the best course for the 21st century. And we are completely focused on outcomes, on opportunities, and on collaboration with other areas of this great university and other leading-edge thinkers in this great state and beyond. The Statler College has an exceptional group of alumni who are global leaders and we greatly value our connections to those with a well of wisdom and experience.

The past decade has seen tremendous success and growth at the Statler College, and this is our moment to leverage that strength with the combined power of the Statlers’ vision for creating the nation’s premier school in engineering and energy research and your vital generosity to create a burgeoning engine of change and innovation. In all the disciplines of engineering and energy research, we face strong and accelerating international competition. We must do more at both the undergraduate and graduate levels of education to meet that competition. Our students must learn more, learn sooner, and learn faster. Undergraduate programs must become more sophisticated, interdisciplinary, and problem-based. Graduate programs must become more cutting-edge, more informed by research.

For any of that to happen, the Statler College—partnered with you—must continue to invest in new facilities, new programs, and new collaborations. Our resources must match the talents and aspirations of our students and faculty. And our outcomes must directly benefit the economic health of West Virginia. Only then—and only with you—will our State of Minds be complete. The Statlers’ gift has put the College in a powerful position to achieve even more for our students, our state, and our world. Together, we will build upon our tradition, our potential, and the demonstrated commitment of our alumni.

Priorities for Tomorrow

The Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources has identified a list of essential funding priorities through A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University that, with your vital support, will power our accomplishments in education and research in the coming decades. As does everything at the Statler College, they begin with students and go on to address our many responsibilities to our community. These priorities center around creating future-focused facilities, attracting the best and the brightest (students and faculty), educating students well, preparing students for virtually anything, placing them in careers where they can do well, and also supporting faculty as they discover new ideas and create new possibilities:

  • Student Enrichment
  • Faculty Support
  • Campus Development
  • Program Investments

To learn more about these funding priorities contact Heather Cross at 304-293-4156. To learn more about the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources visit