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Cal State L.A.’s engineering program ranked among nation’s best in U.S.News

September 17, 2014

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology continues tradition of excellence

Los Angeles, CA -- U.S. News & World Report 2015 “America’s Best Colleges” issue has ranked California State University, Los Angeles engineering program among the nation’s best undergraduate programs for more than a decade.

This year, Cal State L.A.’s engineering program has moved up several notches, from #45 to #41, among the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (non-Ph.D.) in the United States.

"Cal State L.A.'s College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology offers students the opportunity to commit themselves to excellence, and to belong to a community that cares about their success. With the support of great faculty and staff, and significant partnerships with local industry, our students graduate ready to solve tough technical problems and to make Los Angeles, and the world, a better place to live," said Emily Allen, dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology at Cal State L.A.

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). The rankings are based solely on a survey of engineering deans and senior faculty at accredited programs, conducted during the spring of 2014. 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 divided into five departments—Civil Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; and Technology. Collectively, these departments offer nine undergraduate programs, five graduate programs and two teaching credentials. The College offers a hands-on curriculum and early research opportunities to prepare students for advanced studies and a fast-paced work environment. It is home to a NASA-funded University Research Center and the largest hydrogen fueling and research facility on any college campus in the nation.

Cal State L.A. is one of only 16 North American universities recently selected to participate in the EcoCAR 3: Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition. In 2013, the University achieved 2nd place overall against top universities in North America in Year Two of the EcoCAR 2 collegiate engineering competition.

The College has produced the following award-winning student projects: Solar Eagle III solar car, Mini Baja all-terrain vehicle, Golden Eagle Pinball Machine, a pendulum-driven grandfather clock, the concrete canoe, a glass bridge model, and an electricity-powered recumbent tricycle. Its original 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. In 2006, 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.

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