Michigan Tech Graduate Engineering Specialties on the Rise in US News Rankings

By Jennifer Donovan | Published

Biomedical optics is one of the biomedical engineering research focuses at Michigan Tech.
Biomedical optics is one of the biomedical engineering research focuses at Michigan Tech.

Six graduate engineering programs at Michigan Technological University rose in the annual graduate engineering specialty rankings released Tuesday, March 10 by US News and World Report.

Environmental engineering was ranked 38th in the nation, compared to 52nd last year. Electrical engineering was ranked 92nd, up from 114th last year. Mechanical engineering ranked 53rd, an 8-point rise over 2014, and biomedical engineering also saw an 8-point increase, to 63rd from 71st.   Civil engineering rose five points to 63rd, and computer engineering rose two points to 95th in the nation.  

“We are pleased that most of our graduate programs in engineering have risen in these rankings, reflecting continued progress in research, graduate education, and of course in reputation, said Wayne Pennington, dean of Michigan Tech’s College of Engineering.  “Six of our eight ranked programs have moved ahead, some of them significantly, and we are proud of their ongoing success.” 

Biomedical Engineering

Tech’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, which was ranked for the first time just last year, has climbed quickly to become one of the highest-ranked biomedical engineering programs at a university that is not affiliated with a medical school.

Overall, Michigan Tech’s graduate engineering programs ranked 104th of 140 ranked, tied with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the University of Alabama.

“I am happy that the majority of our programs in engineering saw an increase in their rankings this year, said Jacqueline Huntoon, dean of the Graduate School. “As we all know, the rankings have a strong reputational component, meaning that what people think about us is as important as what is really going on here at the University. The programs that saw an increase in ranking are getting some much deserved recognition, and this is due to the research accomplishments of faculty, staff and students in those programs.

“I hope that in the coming years we can continue to all work together to promote Michigan Tech as the home of major advancements in research, so that the University as a whole gets wider recognition as a center for research and innovation,” Dean Huntoon went on to say.

US News’ annual graduate and professional school rankings are based on two types of data, according to the magazine’s web site: statistical data such as graduate entrance exam scores, acceptance rate, research expenditures and enrollment, and expert opinions about program excellence. Deans, program directors, senior faculty and employers who hire new graduates are surveyed for their opinions on the academic quality of graduate programs in their fields.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 54 countries. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.

Last Modified 12:42 p.m. June, 12 2019