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DATE: Sept. 13, 2002

UM-Dearborn engineering programs ranked among the top in the country

DEARBORN---The College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn has been rated among the top undergraduate engineering programs in the country by U.S. News.

UM-Dearborn's engineering program was ranked among the top 25 schools in the country without doctoral programs, based on a survey of deans and senior faculty members at schools around the country. The ratings will appear in the magazine's guide to America's best colleges, due out Sept. 16.

In specialty areas, UM-Dearborn's undergraduate program in industrial and manufacturing engineering was ranked fifth in the country.

Nearly 1,500 undergraduate students are currently enrolled in the UM-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science, pursuing degrees in computer and information science, electrical and computer engineering, industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, and mechanical engineering. The school also offers master's degree programs, which currently enroll about 870 students.

"One of the keys to this rating is the opinions of faculty members at schools around the country, and it's nice to know that we have a good reputation among our peers," according to Subrata Sengupta, dean of the UM-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science.

"But a far more accurate measure of our quality can be found in the work of our faculty and students in the lab and classroom, and of our alumni in their professional careers," Sengupta said.

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