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NMSU engineering R&D makes gains in national rankings

New Mexico State University's College of Engineering is ranked 10th in the nation for total research and development expenditures in engineering-related projects by the National Science Foundation - up from its previous ranking at 14th. The college is also ranked 62nd in the nation by U.S. News & World Report's annual evaluation of American graduate school programs - up from last year's ranking of 69th.

"One of our strategic goals is to become one of the top engineering schools in the nation and these rankings are indicative of our progress toward fulfilling that goal," said Steven P. Castillo, dean of the College of Engineering at NMSU. "We have top-notch faculty and staff who are dedicated to providing our students with the best engineering education possible. This is recognized further by the hundreds of employers who specifically seek out our graduates."

"This recognition of the growth in stature by our College of Engineering is indicative of a program that is leading the way in engineering research and education," said NMSU Interim President Waded Cruzado. "These milestones show how the College of Engineering is succeeding in the estimation of our peers as well as institutions that are willing to invest in our research expertise."

The NSF ranking is based on R&D expenditure of funds from both federal and non-federal funded contracts and grants secured by NMSU researchers in engineering-related projects during fiscal year 2007. This number includes expenditures from both the College of Engineering and the Physical Science Laboratory. NMSU's 2007 expenditures totaled $64.3 million. New Mexico Tech ranked 26th with $43.7 million and the University of New Mexico ranked 91st with $11.7 million.

NMSU shares the U.S. News & World Report's ranking of 62nd in a five-way tie with Colorado State University, the University of California at Riverside, the University of Dayton and the University of Utah. The only other New Mexico school ranked was the University of New Mexico in 77th place.

Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, and medicine. Programs at 198 engineering schools that grant doctoral degrees were surveyed in fall 2008 and early 2009. There are more than 270 doctoral and non-doctoral engineering programs in the United States. The magazine's criteria for determining overall graduate engineering program rankings include peer assessment, recruiter assessment, research activity, faculty resources and student selectivity.