A Message from the Director

Welcome to SFSU Engineering and thank you for visiting with us! We hope you and your family have been well despite the pandemic.

The School of Engineering at San Francisco State University has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area industry since 1959. Today, the school remains the only four-year engineering school in the city of San Francisco. We pride ourselves in offering four ABET-accredited undergraduate engineering programs: civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. As well as three new master’s programs in civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering, to begin in Fall 2021. In addition, we have established four accelerated BS/MS programs, or SF State Scholars Programs, where students can complete their BS and MS degrees in 5~5.5 years. Together, these programs serve a highly diverse student body of 1,400 undergraduates and 80 graduate students, of which 38% are underrepresented minorities and 18% are female students. The majority of our graduates enter the workforce right after graduation and our alumni are the driving forces in a myriad of industries in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout California.

The School has 22 tenured/tenure-track faculty and over 30 lecturer faculty in all four disciplines—and continues to grow! Our diverse faculty represents some of the best and brightest engineers, researchers, and educators, who are extraordinary role models dedicated to inspiring young minds and bringing equity to engineering education. Among them are recipients of distinguished teaching awards, National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, NSF and National Institute of Health (NIH) grants, Department of Energy grants, Air Force Research Laboratory grants, California State University (CSU) Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award, American Chemical Society PRF grant; as well as Google Faculty-in-Residence, technology entrepreneurs, senior technical and management staff at local high-tech companies, and senior members of local government agencies. As we embrace both the teacher-scholar and teacher-practitioner models, our outstanding faculty infuse their classrooms with cutting-edge knowledge gained from their research and modern engineering practices from the industries.

As we look forward to a bright future in Engineering, the final phase of the planning of a new $150M, state-of-the-art building has been completed. This new building will be the new home of the School of Engineering beginning 2024. Within this building, there will be 10 modern teaching labs, 7 shared research labs, 3 major facilities (including strong wall/strong floor, engine room, HVAC training systems, and wind tunnel), 2 studio-style maker spaces (“garages”), 1 student-training machine shop, computer labs, student spaces, and offices. I am confident that when the new building opens in early 2024, it will mark a new chapter in the then 65-year young School and allow the School to better serve our students. You may click on this link to access the latest information on the new building.

Thank you for visiting with San Francisco State University’s School of Engineering. I encourage you to continue to explore this site and join me in shaping the future of Engineering and STEM education! Thank you and Go Gators!


Kwok Siong Teh, Ph.D.

Professor and Director
School of Engineering
San Francisco State University