IUPUC To Begin Bachelor's Degree Program in Mechanical Eng
June 22, 2011
- Susan Sullivan
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Starting this fall, students interested in pursuing careers in mechanical engineering will be able to complete a four-year Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degree at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC).
Students who successfully complete the BSME coursework will earn a Purdue University degree, said IUPUC’s Vice Chancellor and Dean Marwan Wafa. Currently, the nearest mechanical engineering program for students who live in south central Indiana is located at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
The new program will be fully developed in collaboration with IUPUI faculty and staff over the next two years. The initiative reflects a long-standing educational partnership between IUPUC and IUPUI, Purdue University, and the Community Education Coalition (CEC) in Columbus, Wafa said.
“The need for a mechanical engineering program at IUPUC has been documented by the CEC and our own dialog with key civic leaders and corporate executives,” Wafa said. “Educating our regional workforce, especially in those professions needed for advanced manufacturing, is critical for continued economic development and growth in this part of the state."
According to Georgia B. Miller, executive director of IUPUC’s Center for Business & Economic Development, all but one of the non-engineering required courses are already being offered at IUPUC, as are the freshman-level engineering courses. New courses for the BSME major during the junior and senior years will be added over the next three years.
IUPUC plans to hire one full-time mechanical engineering faculty member each fall, starting this year through 2013. Adjunct faculty will supplement instructional needs.
“Because of the proximity of Cummins, Inc. and other key employers in the area, Columbus has many well-qualified, experienced engineers with Ph.D.’s who live and work in the community. We expect these individuals will integrate their valuable real-world insight, experience, and problem-solving skills into the courses they teach, which will be of great benefit to the students who enroll in the program,” Miller said.
Currently, 30 IUPUC students have declared themselves engineering majors.