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UH Engineering Climbs U.S. News Rankings, Earns Spot on List of Nation's Best Schools

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Audrey Grayson

The UH Cullen College of Engineering is well on its way to becoming a Top 50 engineering college in the nation, earning a coveted spot on the list of the Best Engineering Schools of 2017 by U.S. News and World Report.

The Cullen College climbed from #76 to #73 in the most recent U.S. News and World Report national rankings for graduate-level engineering programs. Moreover, five graduate programs within the college – civil, mechanical, computer, electrical and chemical engineering – earned the status of Best Engineering Programs of 2017.

“We are a college on the move, and the most recent U.S. News and World Report rankings are a wonderful reflection of this,” said Joseph W. Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell dean of the UH Cullen College of Engineering.

U.S. News and World Report is a leading source for rankings of colleges, graduate programs, hospitals, mutual funds and cars. Each year, the publication ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing. The data for the rankings come from statistical surveys of more than 1,900 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 18,400 academics and professionals.

Suresh Khator, associate dean of graduate programs and computing facilities at the Cullen College, said the recent rankings reflect not only the success of the college’s professors and students, but also the relevancy of its programs to the city of Houston and the entire nation.

“Graduate programs at the UH Cullen College of Engineering are designed to immerse students in the grand challenges of engineering represented in our city, and our programs encourage students to conduct research that finds solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing our city and our world,” Khator said.

“UH engineers are making major contributions to society both nationally and globally, and it is wonderful to see our programs recognized among the best in the country,” he added.

More than 5,000 students are enrolled in engineering courses — 3,759 undergraduates as well as 1,312 master’s and doctoral students in biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, geosensing systems, industrial, mechanical and petroleum engineering. The college also offers interdisciplinary graduate programs in subsea, aerospace, materials, and computer and systems engineering.

The Cullen College is home to some of the country’s highest ranked engineering programs, including chemical engineering (#33), industrial engineering (#53), civil engineering (#62), environmental engineering (#64) and mechanical engineering (#78).

For the full list of rankings from U.S. News and World Report, please visit http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-
graduate-schools/top-engineering-schools

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