On May 9, 1913, the Trustees of the University designated a small committee of the faculty to direct the affairs of the Department of Engineering. This Committee (originally called a Council) was called the Advisory Committee of the Department of Engineering, and consisted of the President of the University, the three original Professors of Engineering: Carl C. Thomas, Charles J. Tilden, and John B. Whitehead, and professors of Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Biology, and Mathematics.
As an advisory committee, the Board made recommendations to the Trustees concerning all aspects of the Engineering School, such as deciding on the exact name of the engineering degree. In 1926, the Board decided to confer the Bachelor of Engineering en masse to all persons who held the "Proficiency in Applied Electricity" certificate, granted in the early days of engineering instruction. The Board recommended faculty appointments and promotions. It recommended candidates for government and corporate scholarships to the Scholarship Committee. It modified curricula in departments and proposed new departments and recommended appropriations for publishing lectures. The Board authorized all degrees granted by the School of Engineering, determined requirements for graduate students, admitted students to candidacy for Doctor of Engineering, Ph.D. or M.S.E., conducted oral examinations for candidates for the Doctor of Engineering, and recommended candidates to the Board of Trustees and the President. In 1965, the Advisory Board transferred responsibility for preliminary oral exams to the Graduate Board. The last meeting of the Advisory Board took place on June 7, 1966, and the Board was officially dissolved on June 30, 1966, with the abolition of the School of Engineering.