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Salt Lake City – The College of Engineering at the University of Utah has doubled the number of degrees awarded per year since 1999. In 2013, the college awarded 777 degrees – 483 bachelor’s, 219 master’s and 75 doctoral degrees – more than twice the 368 engineering and computer science degrees issued in 1999.
The increase stems from former Utah Gov. Michael Leavitt’s 2000 Engineering Initiative – a challenge to the state’s higher education system to double its number of engineering graduates – and from subsequent support from industry, the Utah Legislature and Leavitt’s successors as governor.
“Our graduates are the lifeblood of technology companies,” said Richard B. Brown, dean of the College of Engineering. “Every software, biomedical, computer, semiconductor, aerospace and manufacturing company that moves to Utah evaluates the availability of engineering talent, and comes, in part, because of the college’s well-educated, innovative and hard-working graduates.”
Brown said that, based on university research, the college’s faculty and students have founded 50 startup companies in the past eight years.
The college increased engineering research expenditures from $25 million in fiscal year 2002 to $81.5 million in fiscal 2012.