UALR Engineering among Nation’s Top Programs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Sept. 27, 2011) – The Systems Engineering program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is again among the top-ranked engineering programs at a public university in the South, according to the new U.S. News & World Report list that ranks engineering programs at universities that offer only bachelor’s or master’s degrees in the field.

 UALR’s program ranks behind only Virginia Military Institute and The Citadel, small military colleges, among public universities in the south and is ranked No. 60 overall, up from No. 64 last year.

“Receiving such a prestigious ranking two straight years validates the momentum and growing reputation our engineering program has achieved,” said  Dr. Eric Sandgren, dean of the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology at UALR.

“We believe in the ‘systems’ approach that focuses on the overall principles of engineering and how the various disciplines work together rather than just focusing on one component,” Sandgren continued. “Our program’s specializations in mechanical, electrical, telecommunications and computer engineering help prepare our students to land jobs at industry-leading companies as well as the chance to get graduate degrees at top universities or even start their own companies.”

This will be the last year UALR qualifies in this category of the rankings, as a new Ph.D. program in Engineering Science and Systems was launched in August.

“The competition in the U.S. News and World Report rankings will grow much stiffer, as starting next year our program will be compared to renowned, Ph.D.-granting programs such as those at MIT, Stanford and the University of Michigan,” Sandgren said. “But we fully intend to continue to move forward and pursue excellence in every aspect of our engineering program.”

The U.S. News rankings of undergraduate engineering programs accredited by ABET, formerly known as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, are based solely on the peer judgments of deans and senior faculty who rated each program they are familiar with on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished). Engineering school deans and faculty members (two surveys were sent to each ABET-accredited engineering program) were surveyed for this ranking in spring 2011.

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