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Top Engineering School 2008 No.9: New Mexico State University College of Engineering

Sept. 4, 2008
Top Engineering School 2008 No.9: New Mexico State University College of Engineering

No.9: New Mexico State University College of Engineering
The Graduate School, MSC 3G Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003
(575) 646-8019
Fax: (575) 646-7721
http://www.nmsu.edu

Total engineering school enrollment 185
Hispanic engineering school enrollment 75
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 40.5%
Total postgraduate degrees earned 123
Postgraduate degrees earned to Hispanics 22
Percent of postgraduate degrees earned to Hispanics 17.9%
Full-time Engineering school faculty 82
Full-time Engineering school Hispanic faculty 10
Percent Hispanic faculty in Engineering School 12.2%

The College of Engineering undergraduate program's diversity is nearly a mirror of that of New Mexico as a whole. The challenge is to attract more students from under-represented groups – mainly Native Americans and Hispanics – into the graduate program. The College of Engineering hosts the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation program (NM AMP). NM AMP conducts the annual New Mexico AMP Student Research Conference designed to expose undergraduate and graduate students to research. We also host the Bridge to the Doctorate program. The Bridge to the Doctorate program is designed to attract more students from under-represented groups into science and engineering graduate programs and prepare them for careers in academia. Five cohorts of graduate students have been admitted into the bridge to the doctorate program. The first cohort began in Fall 2003. To date, there have been fifty-nine (59) project participants across five cohorts (34 males, 25 females). One third (34%) of the 59 students participated in NM AMP undergraduate programs, which seeks to encourage students to enroll in graduate studies. Not surprisingly, a majority of the students (83%) across the four cohorts have been Hispanic, the largest ethnic group in New Mexico. In addition, five American Indian students, five African Americans, and one Pacific Islander have participated.


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