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Michigan Tech Tops the Nation in Women Earning Engineering PhDs

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By Jennifer Donovan

June 15, 2009—

Michigan Technological University's College of Engineering graduates a higher percentage of women with PhDs in engineering than any other engineering school in the nation, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) reports.

Forty percent of Michigan Tech's engineering doctoral degrees were awarded to women, according to the ASEE's annual report, "Engineering by the Numbers." The report is based on 2008 data. The next highest percentage of women PhD recipients in engineering was 38.7 percent, at the University of Rochester.

"What great news," said Jacqueline Huntoon, dean of the Michigan Tech Graduate School. "I congratulate the faculty in our College of Engineering and the Graduate School staff on recruiting and retaining these outstanding women. Michigan Tech's STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) focus makes it challenging for us to maintain high levels of gender diversity on our campus, because STEM programs tend to attract males. We plan to build on this success and continue to increase the diversity of our students."

According to the report, only engineering schools that award at least 25 doctoral degrees during the year are ranked. There were 100 engineering schools nationwide that awarded 25 or more PhDs during 2008.

In undergraduate engineering degrees, Michigan Tech ranked 3rd in the nation in numbers of bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering; 11th in numbers of civil engineering BS degrees; 16th in computer engineering as well as 16th in electrical engineering; and 22nd in the number of bachelor's degrees awarded by the College of Engineering.

"At a time when the state, nation and world need more women in engineering, I am pleased that the percentage of women receiving engineering PhDs at Michigan Tech is the highest in the nation," said Tim Schulz, dean of the College of Engineering. "As these young women rise to leadership positions in industry, government and academia, they will serve as excellent role models for future generations."

Michigan Technological University (www.mtu.edu) is a leading public research university developing new technologies and preparing students to create the future for a prosperous and sustainable world. Michigan Tech offers more than 130 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering; forest resources; computing; technology; business; economics; natural, physical and environmental sciences; arts; humanities; and social sciences.

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