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Marian University, IUPUI partner to create new engineering dual degree program

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October 16, 2012

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A Marian University partnership with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will give Marian students an opportunity to combine a strong, traditional, liberal arts education with a highly marketable degree in engineering, officials announced recently.

Marian University, a Catholic liberal arts university, and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI, have established the Engineering Dual Degree Program at Marian. Students who complete the program earn degrees from both institutions -- a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts from the liberal arts university and a Bachelor of Science in either engineering, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering from Purdue University.

“The Engineering Dual Degree Program is an exciting new opportunity for our students that allows them to have all of the benefits of Marian University’s Catholic liberal arts tradition and the engineering resources and technology of Purdue University on the IUPUI campus,” said Thomas J. Enneking, executive vice president and provost of Marian University.

“We work hard to give our students every opportunity to succeed not just in college, but also in life. This new degree program is another example of Marian University’s continued effort to provide our students with the best education and opportunities,” Enneking said.

Enneking and David Russomanno, dean of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, have worked together to develop the dual degree program since an initial meeting arranged by Ted Gary, a Marian University Board of Trustees member. Gary, president of AMG Engineering & Machining Inc., introduced Enneking to Russomanno with the hope of establishing a partnership between the two schools.

“This agreement is a win-win partnership to provide more highly qualified engineering graduates in critical areas of need for the State of Indiana and our nation," Russomanno said. "The program will provide Marian University students a world-class engineering education from one of America’s premier urban schools of engineering and technology, recognized regionally, nationally and internationally for its excellence in teaching, research and civic engagement.”

IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz said, “Partnering with other institutions has increasingly become part of IUPUI’s strategy to promote education in STEM fields. Since we have the only engineering degree program in the state’s capital city and largest population center, collaborations like these have the potential for real impact on filling the STEM academic and workforce pipeline.”

The Engineering Dual Degree Program has a curriculum that integrates engineering, science, mathematics, computer science, social sciences, humanities and fine arts courses.

Unlike traditional 3-2 dual degree programs that require students to spend three years in a liberal arts program and then transfer to an engineering school to complete their education, the new Marian program allows residence and enrollment at Marian University for the duration of the program.

“This program provides a pathway for students at Marian University to earn an engineering degree -- a degree very much in demand in today’s economy. We are confident that outstanding students seeking a stronger liberal arts foundation in this vibrant and faith-based community will thrive in this new program. This new partnership will attract talented students who desire an education that will prepare them to not only secure challenging and well-paid jobs upon graduation, but also a rich and rewarding life,” Marian President Daniel J. Elsener said.

For enrollment information, contact Lynn Thomas, instructor of physics, at or 317-955-6000.



About Marian University Indianapolis

Marian University, founded in Indianapolis in 1937, is the only Catholic liberal arts university in central Indiana. It serves a student body of more than 2,500 from 31 states and eight countries through dedication to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts traditions. Marian University is one of Indiana’s 31 independent colleges and one of 244 Catholic colleges and universities nationwide.