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UT Arlington College of Engineering improves national ranking of graduate program

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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The University of Texas at Arlington is among the top 100 universities in the nation for earning a graduate degree in engineering, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Programs rankings for 2016.

Khosrow Behbehani

Khosrow Behbehani, dean of the UT Arlington College of Engineering

The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering graduate programs improved to No. 90 in the country this year, up from No. 102 last year.

The progress is due, in part, to a continued rise in academic achievements of the faculty and students. It’s also due to a greater national awareness of these achievements by their peers, officials said.

“We have recruited the top echelon of faculty and staff to help achieve this ranking,” President Vistasp M. Karbhari said. “These improvements will only serve as support for our strategic vision, fuel innovation among our faculty and student researchers, and strengthen our impact on local, state and global communities.”

The College of Engineering has seen historical growth, surpassing 6,000 students in enrollment this academic year. That represented a 25 percent increase compared with fall 2013. The College enrolled more than 800 additional graduate students and almost 350 additional undergraduates. The growth has answered workforce needs, officials said.

The college also has recruited Kenneth Reifsnider, an internationally recognized expert in high temperature energy systems and composite materials and a member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. He will join UT Arlington in June to lead the new Institute for Predictive Performance of Advanced Materials and Structures.

Khosrow Behbehani, dean of the College of Engineering, said the faculty and staff continue to strive to provide the college’s talented students with the best learning experience in the classroom and research laboratory.

“Students, faculty and staff members in the College are truly driven to achieve new heights in academic excellence,” Behbehani said. “It is the result of this dedication and teamwork that positively influences the ranking.”

The U.S. News data comes from statistical surveys sent to administrators at nearly 1,900 graduate programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 13,700 academics and professionals in the disciplines. The surveys were conducted during the fall of 2014 and in early 2015.

In each field, U.S. News also presents rankings of programs in various specialty areas based on reputation data alone.

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