UC Irvine Engineering Proudly Progresses in 2010 U.S.News and World Report Best Graduate Schools Rankings

Samueli School improves two spots on annual list while specialty areas also enjoy successes

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering advanced its standing among the country’s best engineering graduate schools, placing 35th on the 2010 U.S.News and World Report’s annual rankings of the nation's public and private graduate programs.  Specialized disciplines also significantly increased, including the biomedical engineering program, which jumped 10 spots from last year’s rankings to 30th in the nation.

Ranked 37th on last year’s list, the School has improved more than 20 places in this national ranking system within the last decade.

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering’s areas of expertise are also ranked among the top programs, including aerospace/aeronautical at 27th, biomedical at 30th, chemical at 54th, civil at 41st, computer engineering at 28th, electrical at 36th, environmental at 33rd, materials at 43rd, and mechanical at 32nd.

This year, the School’s environmental program increased by six spots, materials moved up four ranks, and mechanical also improved three positions.
“The Henry Samueli School of Engineering continues to improve in its rankings, now 35th in the nation for graduate programs, in response to its commitment to excellence in education and research, and its continuing growth,” said Rafael L. Bras, distinguished professor and dean of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering. “I am even more pleased that most academic units in the School experienced similar or better improvements in ranking. We will continue to invest, grow and improve until we are recognized as one of the very top engineering schools in the nation.”

The 2010 ranking is based on surveys of more than 1,200 graduate school programs and some 11,000 academics and professionals that were conducted in fall 2008.

Each year, U.S.News ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine, among others.  Rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program quality; and, statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research, and students.  The information is published in the 2010 "America's Best Graduate Schools" guidebook, which is available at newsstands and bookstores on April 28, 2009.

Visit http://www.usnews.com/grad for a complete listing of the 2010 ranks for engineering schools across the nation.

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