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New England Engineering Schools

by Douglas Matus

Engineers design and maintain the technology behind advanced systems in mechanics, electronics, medicine, computers and other fields. A rewarding and lucrative profession, engineering requires a high level of training and technical expertise. Future engineers in New England have the benefit of proximity to some of the nation’s finest engineering colleges. “U.S. News and World Report” awarded four New England universities spots among its top 60 engineering schools.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“U.S. News and World Report” named MIT its top engineering school for 2014. The School of Engineering at MIT operates as a major research institution that produces some of the finest minds in the field. Nearly 60 percent of MIT undergraduates are engineering students, a testament to the school’s focus on this discipline. The School of Engineering has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 14:1, so students get the individual attention that furthers advanced development. Among current engineering faculty, MIT boasts 32 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 11 Guggenheim Fellows and two recipients of the National Medal of Science.

Harvard University

“U.S. News and World Report” selected Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences as a top 25 engineering program for 2014. This school can trace its history back to 1847, making it one of the oldest engineering programs in the country. Engineers at Harvard are credited with major discoveries like the invention of baking powder and the development of early electromechanical computers. Students in Harvard's highly flexible program can choose to specialize in 16 different fields and use over 400,000 square feet of research facilities. Two Harvard engineering faculty members, Professors Bloembergen and Van Vleck, won the Nobel Prize for their research.

Yale University

The third-best New England school in the 2014 “U.S. News and World Report” rankings for engineering, Yale University recognizes engineering as an imaginative discipline that links the sciences with the humanities. Founded in 1852, Yale’s School of Engineering and Applied Science has an exceptionally low student-to-faculty ratio of approximately 8:1. Yale places an emphasis on interdisciplinary research, and students may join research groups in such cutting-edge fields as biomolecular engineering, energy and sustainability, and surfaces and nanomaterials. This engineering school also maintains state-of-the-art facilities, like the Cell Sorter Core Facility, SEAS Cleanroom and Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena.

Dartmouth College

“U.S. News and World Report” awarded Dartmouth College its fourth highest 2014 ranking among New England schools for engineering. The Thayer School of Engineering takes a unique approach to its instruction, as undergraduates pursue engineering as a liberal arts component. Students at Dartmouth benefit from the college’s focus on three primary areas of engineering: energy technologies, engineering in medicine and complex systems. With an annual budget of nearly $45 million and an additional $17 million in research funds, the engineering department at Dartmouth benefits from a wealth of resources. Students have access to 52 laboratory facilities contained within the integrated MacLean Engineering Sciences Center.

About the Author

Douglas Matus is the travel writer for "West Fort Worth Lifestyle" magazine, and spent four years as the Director of Humanities for a college-prep school in Austin. Since 2005, he has published articles on education, travel and culture in such publications as "Nexus," "People's World" and "USA Today." Matus received an Education Pioneers fellowship in 2010 and an MFA from CalArts in 2011.

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