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UTEP is top producer of women earning Ph.D.s in engineering - Newspaper Tree | El Paso's Original News Source

What a great distinction for the University of Texas El Paso—and how awesome for the women, men, and families that benefit.  Hats off to President Diana Natalicio's leadership, as well as to Dr. Richard
Schoephoerster, dean of the College of Engineering. 


UTEP is top producer of women earning Ph.D.s in engineering

UTEP has been ranked No. 1

by Press Release // June 26, 2014 // Press Releases

UTEP is top producer of women earning Ph.D.s in engineering

(Courtesy of garlandcannon)

The University of Texas at El Paso has been ranked No. 1 in
percentage of doctoral degrees awarded to women by the American Society
for Engineering Education (ASEE).

UTEP’s College of Engineering earned this distinction by awarding
40.5 percent of its doctoral degrees in 2013 to women, which is almost
twice the national average of 22.4 percent.

ASEE is a nonprofit organization of
individuals and institutions committed to furthering education in
engineering and engineering technology. ASEE
develops policies and programs that enhance professional opportunities
for engineering faculty members, and promotes activities that support
increased student enrollments in engineering and engineering technology.

“Women are sorely underrepresented in the engineering profession.
They make up only 15 to 20 percent of the workforce,” said Richard
Schoephoerster, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering.
“Unfortunately those numbers apply to the faculty ranks in engineering
schools as well. We are on a major drive to increase the number of
female students and faculty in the College of Engineering. We are very
proud that our highly competitive programs are attracting women. In
addition to the large percentage of women in our doctoral programs, of
the 20 faculty hired in the last three years, half of them have been

This was the first time UTEP has made the
list because the University reached the threshold number of degrees (a
minimum of 25) to be considered for the statistic.

As part of its goal of becoming an emerging research university, UTEP plans to award at least 100 doctoral degrees per year. During the 2012-13 academic year ending in August, UTEP students earned 128 doctorates across all disciplines.

In the same ASEE report, UTEP
was ranked No. 2 in awarding engineering bachelor’s degrees to
Hispanics in the U.S. (excluding Puerto Rico) and No. 4 for the number
of Hispanic tenured and tenure-track faculty in engineering.

UTEP’s reputation as a strong engineering school also was affirmed
with its ranking as No. 28 in number of electrical engineering degrees
awarded (for a total of 84 degrees) and No. 37 in degrees awarded in
industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering (for a total of 38
degrees awarded).

ASEE’s report reflects UTEP’s commitment to access and excellence for
students and faculty. With more than 110,000 degrees awarded to date, UTEP
has evolved from a mining school to a national research university with
a student body that is ready to take on the 21st century.

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