U.S.News 2008

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 Aug. 28, 2007

Sean Kearns
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Cal State L.A.'™s engineering program
moves up the rank

The College of Engineering, Computer Science, and
Technology among "˜America'™s Best Colleges"™

Los Angeles, CA -- U.S.News & World Report 2008 “America’s Best Colleges” issue has ranked California State University, Los Angeles’ engineering program among the nation’s best undergraduate programs for the ninth year in a row. Cal State L.A. is the only public undergraduate (master’s-awarding) university in the greater Los Angeles area making the top of the list.

Moving up to #31 among the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (non-Ph.D.) in the United States, U.S.News ranked the engineering program at Cal State L.A.’s College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology using a reputational survey sent in the spring of 2007.

To appear on U.S.News’ undergraduate engineering survey, a school must have an undergraduate engineering program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Accredited undergraduate engineering programs are split into two groups: those schools whose highest engineering degree offered is a Ph.D. and those schools whose highest engineering degree offered is a bachelor’s or master’s. According to U.S.News, schools whose highest engineering degree is a bachelor’s or master’s tend to be more focused on undergraduate education.

Cal State L.A.’s College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology is home to the following award-winning student projects: Solar Eagle III solar car, Mini Baja all-terrain vehicle, the concrete canoe, a glass bridge model, and an electricity-powered recumbent tricycle. Its supermileage car was first in the U.S. in the 2004 SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Contest with 1,615 miles per gallon fuel efficiency. Last year, Cal State L.A.’s mechanical engineering team became the first university crew west of the Mississippi—and the second overall—to achieve successful flight powered by fuel cells.

As one of six colleges at Cal State L.A., the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology is divided into five departments––the Department of Civil Engineering; the Department of Computer Science; the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; the Department of Mechanical Engineering; and the Department of Technology. Collectively, these departments offer 12 undergraduate programs, four graduate programs and two teaching credentials. Nearly 80 faculty and staff service more than 1,700 Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology students. The College fosters a unique study environment where faculty and staff are pledged to the success of students; an environment where the average class doesn’t exceed 30 students and professors know their students by name, not number. Committed to study programs that educate through theory, practice and experiment, Cal State L.A. graduates highly skilled engineers, computer scientists and technologists who are prepared to face the rapidly changing demands of industry, business, education, and government. The College offers a hands-on curriculum and early research opportunities to prepare students for advanced studies and a fast-paced work environment. The NASA University Research Center is the first and only one of its kind in California. www.calstatela.edu/academic/ecst/

Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 190,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds—reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. www.calstatela.edu

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