By Bryan Hay
Lafayette’s engineering program moved up to 11th place in the nation among primarily undergraduate programs in the latest ranking by U.S. News & World Report.
“This recognition is meaningful because the U.S. News ranking is based on balloting from deans of engineering across the nation,” says Scott Hummel, William Jeffers Director of the Engineering Division. “Our continued rise reflects all of the great work being done by faculty and students across all of our engineering programs.”
Over the past decade, Lafayette has moved from the mid-30s to within striking distance of the top 10 engineering schools. Hummel credits faculty research, membership in Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network, and strong participation in American Society of Engineering Education as contributing reasons why Lafayette is gaining ground in the U.S. News report.
The engineering ranking is based solely on the reputation of the schools as reported by engineering deans, including Hummel. They are asked to rate each program they are familiar with on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished).
“The energy and momentum that’s on display at Acopian Engineering Center continues to be recognized by our peers,” Hummel says. “We’re proud of our 150-year tradition of training engineers to become well-rounded leaders who inspire others to seek creative solutions that make the world a better place for everyone.”
Lafayette College, Bucknell University, and Franklin and Marshall College tied for 36th place in the U.S. News national ranking of liberal arts colleges.