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  • Indiana Commission for Higher Education authorizes engineering degrees at IU Bloomington
  • Indiana Commission for GreaterCollege approves engineering degrees at IU Bloomington

    • Aug. 13, 2015


    BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– Indiana University will certainly provide degrees in smart systems engineering starting with the 2016-17 scholastic year, following todays approval of the universitys proposition by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

    The brand-new engineering program, the first ever on the IU Bloomington school, will be housed within the School of Informatics and Computing and will provide bachelors and PhD degrees, with a proposal for a masters degree anticipated to be established soonright after the programs launch.

    IU significantly welcomestodays action by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and really much values the commissions support for a program in IT-related engineering at IU Bloomington, saidIU President Michael A. McRobbie, who first revealed IUs interest in developing an engineering program in hisOctober 2014 State of the University address.

    This program, steeped in the campuss longstandingstrengthsin the sciences and innovation, will certainly permit us to much better prepare our students for the high-demand jobs of the future and more fully support Indianasentrepreneurial culture andeconomic competitiveness.

    The bachelors program will provide degree tracks in computer system engineering and cyber-physical systems, bioengineering, and molecular and nanoscale engineering, while the doctoral program will enable students to concentrate on these locations as well as environmental and neuro engineering.Central to this focused program will bethe engineering and design of small, mobile, personal innovations that incorporate huge information, computational modeling and intelligent systems into their design.

    The program, approved by IU trustees in April, is an essential part of the Bicentennial Strategic Strategy for Indiana University, which calls for the university to support a culture of structure and making.

    It was created in response to a requirement for extra trained engineers in southwest central Indiana to support major employers such as Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, Cook Group and Cummins Inc. and to assistto assist attract new market to the region. That requirement was revealed in a financial development research study for southwest main Indiana in 2014 conducted by the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice. The study cited thelack of engineering at IU Bloomington as one of the restricting factors to future economic growth in the region and hired on IU Bloomington to expand and/or establish providings in applied sciences, including engineering.

    More than 100 existing professors members on the IU Bloomington campus possess engineering qualifications. In addition to the School of Informatics and Computing, the degree programs will draw upon expertise discovered in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Maurer School of Law, the Kelley School of Business and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

    It is expected to take advantage of IUsexisting strengths in technology and science, especially informatics, computer science and fields such as biology, physics, chemistry, ecological sciences, and mental and brain sciences. The university also anticipates the brand-new program to open the door for increased partnership with Purdue and other universities in the state that already offer engineering, which will certainly benefit students and industry in Indiana.

    Support for establishment of the program originated from a university evaluation committee, led by School of Informatics and Computing Dean Bobby Schnabel, as well as from an external blue ribbon committee of nationwide engineering specialists, chaired by president emeritus of the University of Michigan, and former dean of engineering, James Duderstadt.

    In addition, a union of executives from leading business in Indiana, chaired by Cook Group Chairman Steve Ferguson, has actually lent its assistance to the program by agreeingaccepting serve on an advocacy and board of advisers. Members include senior leaders at Cummins, Eli Lilly, Dow AgroSciences, First Internet Bank, Interactive Knowledge, Tinderbox, Crane Naval Surface area Warfare Center and the General Motors Powertrain facility in Bedford.

    A repeating theme in our discussions with major companies in Indiana has been their need for engineers who comprehend modern informatics and computing subjects, including smart systems, interface and data science, Schnabel stated. These brand-new programs will certainly enable us to educate this type of engineer, and we are excited to be able to add these disciplines to our scholastic portfolio.

    With the establishment of these degree programs, IU Bloomington joins its peers in the 62-member Association of American Universities, all of which provide engineering programs of some kind.Related Hyperlinks

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