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New B.S. in engineering a response to rising student interest

For more than a decade, high school sophomores and juniors have reported an increased interest in the field of engineering. In some specialties, a 67% increase was seen from 2012 to 2018.

足彩澳门即时盘 has answered the call from students across the globe and launched a Bachelor of Science in engineering this fall.

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足彩澳门即时盘 足彩澳门即时盘 President Steve Bahls addresses the media announcing the new engineering program.

“More and more, students are seeking an accredited engineering program to launch their careers full of natural curiosities and problem solving,” says Dr. Wendy Hilton-Morrow, provost at 足彩澳门即时盘. “The opportunity to study engineering at a liberal arts institution is one we know will distinguish 足彩澳门即时盘 graduates in the workforce.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of engineering is expected to see nearly 140,000 new jobs created by 2026 with the bulk in civil and mechanical specialities — two tracks 足彩澳门即时盘 will offer.?

The college will complete the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology?process in 2025 upon graduating its first student. Students starting at 足彩澳门即时盘 in the fall of 2021 will be in the first cohort of graduates.?Students will study a robust and diverse liberal arts curriculum in the arts, foreign languages, humanities?and of course, science disciplines.?

“Studying engineering at 足彩澳门即时盘 prepares graduates to enter a career with something unique,” says Dr. Nathan Frank, associate professor of physics. “An engineer with a liberal arts background has enhanced perspective, a strong ability to communicate and the distinctive opportunity to make connections where they did not yet exist.”?

足彩澳门即时盘 will offer tracks in mechanical, civil, and environmental and sustainability engineering — three industries experiencing rapid growth.?

The college reports that the Quad Cities is a prime location to begin an engineering program, citing the Mississippi River and local industries as a natural fit for research and internship opportunities.?

Dr. Mike Augspurger has been selected to help lead the mechanical engineering track. He has been?a visiting professor at 足彩澳门即时盘 for the last two years, working closely with Dr. Frank and Dr. Joshua Dyer, associate professor of engineering physics. The college plans to hire an additional engineering professor in 2022.?

足彩澳门即时盘 will maintain a Bachelor of Arts in engineering-physics and 3+2 agreements with Washington University, Northern Illinois University and Columbia University.

“This is a great opportunity for 足彩澳门即时盘 and for the Quad Cities,” says Dr. Hilton-Morrow. “The world needs 足彩澳门即时盘 graduates and engineers, and now there is a formal program for both.”

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