Michigan Tech Grad Engineering Programs Move Up In Rankings

HOUGHTON — Six graduate engineering programs at Michigan Technological University rose in the annual graduate engineering specialty rankings released Tuesday 10 by US News and World Report. 

Environmental engineering was ranked 38th in the nation, up from 52nd last year. Electrical engineering was ranked 92nd, up from 114th last year. Mechanical engineering ranked 53rd, up from 61st last year, and biomedical engineering also saw an increase of eight spots, to 63rd from 71st. Civil engineering rose five places to 63rd, and computer engineering rose two places to 95th in the nation.

Wayne Pennington, dean of Michigan Tech’s College of Engineering, sand the increases reflect “cotinued progress in research, graduate education, and of course in reputation. Six of our eight ranked programs have moved ahead, some of them significantly, and we are proud of their ongoing success.”

Tech’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, which was ranked for the first time just last year, has climbed quickly to become one of the highest-ranked biomedical engineering programs at a university that is not affiliated with a medical school.

Overall, Michigan Tech’s graduate engineering programs ranked 104th of 140 ranked, tied with Purdue and the University of Alabama.

Said Jacqueline Huntoon, dean of the Graduate School: “As we all know, the rankings have a strong reputational component, meaning that what people think about us is as important as what is really going on here at the university. The programs that saw an increase in ranking are getting some much deserved recognition, and this is due to the research accomplishments of faculty, staff and students in those programs. I hope that in the coming years we can continue to all work together to promote Michigan Tech as the home of major advancements in research, so that the University as a whole gets wider recognition as a center for research and innovation.”

US News’ annual graduate and professional school rankings are based on two types of data, according to the magazine’s web site: statistical data such as graduate entrance exam scores, acceptance rate, research expenditures and enrollment, and expert opinions about program excellence. Deans, program directors, senior faculty and employers who hire new graduates are surveyed for their opinions on the academic quality of graduate programs in their fields.

More at www.mtu.edu.

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