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SPSU schools undergo big changes for 2012

SPSU schools undergo big changes for 2012

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Marietta, Ga. (Jan. 12, 2012) – Southern Polytechnic State University has added a fifth school to its academic structure this week by elevating the home of its engineering programs from Division of Engineering to School of Engineering.

Nearly one in five SPSU students major in engineering – close to 1,100 students who generate more than 20 percent of the credit hours at the institution. Dr. Thomas R. Currin, the dean of the new school, describes the change in status as the next logical step in the development of SPSU’s engineering programs.

“We have six bachelor of science degree programs, a Master of Science in Systems Engineering and additional programs in preparation,” noted Dr. Zvi Szafran, vice president for Academic Affairs at SPSU. “Our Construction Engineering program recently became the first SPSU engineering program to be accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and we’ll be seeking accreditation for the mechatronics engineering programs this spring.”

Beginning August 2012, the new school will establish three departments:

  • Civil & Construction Engineering (CCE) will serve students in the bachelor’s programs in civil engineering and construction engineering;
  • Electrical & Mechatronics Engineering (EME) will serve students in the bachelor’s programs in electrical engineering and mechatronics engineering; and
  • Mechanical & Systems Engineering (MSE) will serve students in the bachelor’s programs in mechanical engineering and systems engineering and the master’s in systems engineering.

All of SPSU’s School of Engineering programs are unique within Georgia: the programs in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and civil engineering are the state’s only evening engineering programs. The bachelor’s degree programs in construction engineering, mechatronics engineering, and systems engineering are the only such programs offered in the state.

University administrators also made official two other changes involving the schools this week. The Civil Engineering Technology (CET) program is now part of the School of Engineering Technology and Management. The former School of Architecture, Civil Engineering Technology and Construction Management will now be known as the School of Architecture and Construction Management.

Aside from the three already mentioned, SPSU’s other schools are:

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Computing and Software Engineering

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