Graduate programs in engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are among the best in the Northeast and elsewhere, according to a recently released ranking by U.S. News & World Report. Of the 198 engineering schools surveyed, UMass Amherst is ranked 51st. UMass Amherst ranked ahead of six public and private institutions in the Northeast, including Brown, Northeastern, Stony Brook, Connecticut, Tufts, and Syracuse. The top-ranked school in the survey was MIT.
To develop the rankings, U.S. News & World Report surveyed engineering schools that grant doctoral degrees during fall 2009 and early 2010. Rankings for the 192 schools that responded were calculated based on a weighted average of 10 indicators, including selectivity, student-to-faculty ratios, research activity, faculty resources, and scores provided by deans of engineering colleges and graduate programs and corporate recruiters.
With 95 tenured and tenure-track faculty, the UMass Amherst College of Engineering enrolls about 434 students and offers advanced degrees in chemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, and mechanical and industrial engineering. The college last year received $22.9 million in external research funding and operates several national research centers, including the Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere, partially funded by a 10-year, $40 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Twenty-three faculty members have won the National Science Foundation’s CAREER and Presidential Young Investigator awards, the most prestigious honor for young academics in the sciences and engineering. (May 2010)