Washington State University Adding New Engineering Degrees in Fall


In 2011, the Washington Technology Alliance study reported that Washington state employed the largest number of professionals working in the science, technology, engineering, and math careers.

Unfortunately, while the state hires a lot of STEM workers, Washington is one of the places that produce the least number of STEM graduates.

In order to answer this need, the Washington State University (WSU) is planning to add new degrees.

The university’s Voiland College of Engineering has increased its enrollment to more than 4,500 students in the past few years (65% increase in just seven years).

While WSU has its own civil engineering and construction engineering programs in their campus, school authorities have decided to offer engineering programs in other campuses like the Olympic College and WSU North Puget Sound.

Dean of the Voiland College of Engineering, Candis Clairborn, said that the school’s mission has always been to give students access to quality education, and opportunities that will help them develop skills needed to solve major and minor challenges and problems in the state, if not the entire country.

Clairborn said that the college is currently working with different communities and agencies to develop better and more engineers prepared for the 21st century workforce.

The university is looking to outside sources for their engineering faculty.

Certified computer scientists and engineers have been contacted to become instructors for the new engineering programs developed by WSU.

One of the new engineering degrees WSU-VCE offers for the upcoming academic year is the Construction Engineering Program, which is accredited by the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission.

The college has managed to gather support from around 150 engineers who will teach heavy infrastructure design, building design, and construction technology.

According to the college, the construction program aims to train students in fundamental engineering principles, together with business and management strategies to help future construction graduates land good jobs or develop their own line of business.

Washington State University also still has their Civil Engineering Program, which promises to instruct students in the different specialized fields in civil engineering.

The course offers hands-on laboratory activities on design and analysis, with the aid of state-of-the-art technology.

The college will also offer the new Software Engineering Program, which will teach students to handle large and complex software.

tudents will learn software development, testing and validation, security and maintenance, and other skills needed in the computer and IT industries.

The Electrical Engineering Program over at Bremerton will teach students to design, research, and test electronic equipment and systems.

The campuses at Everett and Bremerton will offer the programs with “a combination of local and Pullman-based faculty”, but the courses will follow the WSU system and curriculum.

The software and electrical engineering programs actually allow the undergraduate students to complete their degree online.

This was decided by the university to help combat the low number of STEM graduates in the state.

Since the students can study near their homes or avail of the online course materials and classes, the university administration hopes to see another increase in enrollment, hoping that in a few years’ time, the state of Washington will employ more engineers, researchers, and scientists in the STEM industry that have graduated from the state’s own schools.

Rob Clark

SchoolCampus.org admin staff managing editor

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