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About the College

The Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering has a rich history of success in fulfilling its land-grant mission in teaching, research and outreach. Our thousands of graduates in engineering, mathematics, science and technology have helped change the world and improve our quality of life.

We have six academic departments that offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our graduates are widely recognized for their outstanding educational credentials, competitive spirit and exceptionally strong work ethic.

We also provide, in the spirit of the land-grant mission, numerous professional outreach services in our region through our Engineering Extension program, and our SD Local Transportation Assistance Program (LTAP).

The naming of the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering 

Photo of Jerry Lohr holding a glass of wine while sitting in front of wine casks.

Jerome J. Lohr came to South Dakota State University in the fall of 1955 to pursue a degree in civil engineering. The College of Engineering has produced entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders in the profession throughout its 132-year existence. Yet Jerry Lohr has no peer in terms of his overall and lasting impact of the College - as a donor, fundraiser and advocate. 

SDSU decided to honor Lohr's profound role in transforming the college by recommending that it be named the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering. SDSU's recommendation was ratified by a committee of the South Dakota Board of Regents, and then accepted by the full Board on June 20, 2013.