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Cal State L.A. Engineering Program
is Among AmericaÂs Best
for the Seventh Year in a Row
Los Angeles, CA --U.S.News & World Report 2006 ÂAmericaÂs Best CollegesÂ issue has ranked California State University, Los AngelesÂ engineering program among the nationÂs best undergraduate programs for the seventh year in a row. Cal State L.A. is the only public undergraduate (masterÂs-awarding) university in the greater Los Angeles area making the top of the list.
Moving up to #32 among the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (non-Ph.D.) in the United States, U.S.News ranked the engineering program at Cal State L.A.Âs College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology using a reputational survey sent in the spring of 2005.
To appear on U.S.NewsÂ undergraduate engineering survey, a school must have an undergraduate engineering program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Accredited undergraduate engineering programs are split into two groups: those schools whose highest engineering degree offered is a Ph.D. and those schools whose highest engineering degree offered is a bachelorÂs or masterÂs. According to U.S.News, schools whose highest engineering degree is a bachelorÂs or masterÂs tend to be more focused on undergraduate education.
As one of six colleges at Cal State L.A., the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology is divided into five departmentsÂÂthe Department of Civil Engineering; the Department of Computer Science; the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; the Department of Mechanical Engineering; and the Department of Technology. Collectively, these departments offer 12 undergraduate programs, four graduate programs and two teaching credentials. Nearly 80 faculty and staff service more than 1,700 Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology students. The College fosters a unique study environment where faculty and staff are pledged to the success of students; an environment where the average class doesnÂt exceed 30 students and professors know their students by name, not number. Committed to study programs that educate through theory, practice and experiment, Cal State L.A. graduates highly skilled engineers, computer scientists and technologists who are prepared to face the rapidly changing demands of industry, business, education, and government. The College offers a hands-on curriculum and early research opportunities to prepare students for advanced studies and a fast-paced work environment. The NASA University Research Center is the first and only one of its kind in California. The $31 million renovation gives CSULAÂs students access to state-of-the-art laboratories. CSULAÂs Supermileage car was first in the U.S. in the 2004 SAE Contest with 1,615 miles per gallon fuel efficiency, as well as first in California with the 2004 Mini Baja team, first in NASAÂs 2003 student design competition, and first in 2004 and 2005 WESTEC Manufacturing Challenges.
Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los AngelesÂ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 170,000 alumniÂwith a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds--reflect the cityÂs dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. www.calstatela.edu