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Engineering Technology Department Ranks Among Nation's Top 10

The engineering technology department in Old Dominion University's Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology was ranked recently among the top 10 in three key categories, out of almost 100 schools nationwide.

The rankings were published in the latest edition of the American Society for Engineering Education's (ASEE) "Profiles of Engineering and Engineering Technology Colleges."

Among 92 leading engineering schools, the Batten College's ET department finished ninth in bachelor's degrees awarded, ninth in total enrollment and sixth in degrees awarded to female engineers.

"The top 10 national rankings of ODU's engineering technology department speak highly of the quality of our students and faculty," said Mileta Tomovic, professor and department chair.

"They also indicate that our curriculum is recognized by industry and that our graduates are highly sought after due to their in-depth theoretical technical knowledge, applied hands-on laboratory experiences, and ability to work independently on practical problems in a real-world setting."

Tomovic said that while the rankings bring prestige and recognition to ODU, they also come with responsibility for both the college and the university to grow the program to meet future needs of both the students and industry.

Enrollment in the department has almost doubled in the past decade, which Tomovic said has brought many terrific students to Old Dominion. The addition of more talented faculty, and investment in state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms and research space, will help keep the school on its upward trajectory, he said.

"New spaces are required for new emerging areas, as well as for hands-on, problem-based learning, which is becoming increasingly important in dealing with complex engineering systems," he explained.

"The high national rankings of our ET department provide opportunity for the university to assess its areas of strength and national pre-eminence."

Other schools that populate the top 10 in the ASEE rankings include Purdue University, the University of Houston, Rochester Institute of Technology, Oklahoma State University and the University of Toledo.

"This is quite a prestigious group of universities by any measure," Tomovic said.

This article was posted on: August 5, 2010

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