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U.S. News Ranks UNH’s Engineering Program in Top Tier

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10/26/2011 11:10 AM
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U.S. News Best Engineering 2011, features

WEST HAVEN, CONN. -- The Tagliatela College of Engineering at the University of New Haven has been ranked in the top tier of undergraduate engineering programs nationwide in the 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges.”

“This distinction is a testament to our hard-working faculty members and students,” says Ron Harichandran, dean of the Tagliatela College of Engineering. “Our professors are dedicated to providing real-world opportunities for our students to apply what they learn in the classroom, and our students display the commitment and work ethic that prepares them to excel in their careers.”

The rankings are based on a survey of engineering deans and senior faculty members at programs accredited by ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology).

At the beginning of the 2004-2005 academic year, the Tagliatela College of Engineering introduced the Multidisciplinary Engineering Foundation Spiral Curriculum. The sequence of 10 courses is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of engineering principles and develop students’ professional skills.

Guest speakers regularly visit campus as part of the Alvine Engineering Professional Effectiveness and Enrichment Program, and students take part in industry-sponsored projects, competitions and internships to further develop their skills. As an example, system engineering majors Grace Cotnoir, ’13, and Macide Dunica, ’12, are currently interning at Sikorsky through the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium.

Recently, UNH was invited by the Kern Family Foundation to join the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN). The University, one of 21 colleges and universities nationwide in the network, was selected to receive a two-year, $75,000 grant to develop classroom and co-curricular opportunities that foster an entrepreneurial mindset in engineering students.

“The U.S. News ranking adds to the tremendous momentum taking place at UNH and in the Tagliatela College of Engineering,” says Harichandran.

A leader in experiential education, the University of New Haven provides its students with a valuable combination of solid liberal arts and real-world, hands-on professional training. Founded in 1920, UNH is a private, top-tier comprehensive university with an 82-acre main campus. The university has an enrollment of nearly 6,400: approximately 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates, 70 percent of whom reside in university housing. The university offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, the Tagliatela College of Engineering and University College. University of New Haven students study abroad through a variety of distinctive programs.