10 Engineering Schools Just As Good As the Ivies

5. Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ)

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Located just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, Stevens Institute of Technology is one of the oldest engineering schools in the United States, with a long history of accomplishment.

Prominent alumni include Frederick Reines, who received the 1995 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the neutrino.

His work has led to an entirely new field of astronomy, which uses the ghostly particles to probe the innermost depths of stars.

Gerard Joseph Foscini’s work on multi-antenna wireless communications was instrumental in the development of modern technologies such as 4G.

Fully a quarter of Stevens’ students are members of its extensive Greek system.

This includes social fraternities and sororities, as well as multiple academic societies, such as the Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi science and engineering societies.

Stevens heavily emphasizes the hands-on learning of in-demand skills.

Employers have noticed: unbelievably, 96% of the Class of 2016 was able to secure either a job or admission to graduate school within six months of graduation.

4. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA)

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Founded in 1865, Worcester reinvented itself a hundred years later under the guidance of then-president Harry P. Storke.

His “WPI Plan” for engineering education proved so successful that in 2016, the National Academy of Engineering awarded the school its Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education.

What is the WPI plan?  Worcester students engage in hands-on, project-based education beginning in their freshman year.

As seniors, they complete an Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP), forming interdisciplinary teams to solve real-world problems on campus, in local communities, and around the world.

For one such project, WPI students traveled to Namibia to study waste recycling processes.

After interviewing local waste collectors, they determined that the collectors would make more profit if they processed recyclables on site.

In partnership with the Namibia University of Science and Technology, they are now working to develop a solar-powered shredder for plastic and aluminum waste.

3. Tennessee Technological University (Cookeville, TN)

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Tennessee Tech is one of the foremost universities for engineering in the country. In addition to excellence in traditional STEM education, Tennessee Tech also has a remarkable and noted program in cybersecurity.

Tennessee Tech is preparing tomorrow’s engineers to counter future security threats through its Cybersecurity Education, Research, and Outreach Center (CEROC.)

They have also been awarded a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation, to launch a CyberCorps program that provides full scholarships to students majoring in cybersecurity.

The center’s director, Dr. Ambareen Siraj, believes that cybersecurity should be woven into the fabric of every computer science course.

She has been active in transforming cybersecurity education at Tennessee Tech, and has organized a series of Women in CyberSecurity conferences, to address the gender gap in that field.


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