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July 16, 2018

Report Reveals Georgia Tech’s Strength In Diverse Engineering Talent

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The American Society for Engineering Education recently compiled the latest Engineering by the Numbers report, recapping data for 2016-2017. The report reveals the continued strengths of Georgia Tech in producing diverse, skilled engineering talent.

Many positive rankings were updated. Notably, Georgia Tech rose to number one for bachelor’s degrees in engineering awarded to African Americans, up 39 percent from last year. Georgia Tech remains strong in engineering degrees awarded to women, ranking at number one and up 54 percent.

Georgia Tech excels in bachelor’s degrees awarded in numerous fields of study, among them aerospace, biomedical, chemical, mechanical, electrical engineering and more. The school also ranks number one in tenured and tenure-tracked faculty members.

Metro Atlanta Chamber Chief Economist Tom Cunningham studied the engineering talent production edge in Georgia in a recent piece, finding that metro Atlanta outperforms the Bay Area in terms of the relative availability of newly produced talent, in part because of top-tier engineering graduate programs available at Georgia Tech and other schools.

“One moral of this story is that […] while top-flight new engineering talent is difficult to get anywhere, it becomes apparent why it is relatively easier in Atlanta than in either the Bay Area or Boston. These findings become critical information to companies and site selectors who are deciding among many different areas with vastly differing qualities,” Cunningham wrote.

For a selection of rankings pertaining to Georgia Tech, see the list below:

Diversity

  • #1 for Bachelor’s Degrees in Engineering Awarded to African Americans (172, up from 124 last year)
  • #1 for Bachelor’s Degrees in Engineering Awarded to Women (912, up from 594)
  • #1 for Doctoral Degrees in Engineering Awarded to Foreign Nationals (199, up from 174)
  • #1 for Women Tenured/Tenure-Track Engineering Faculty (83, up from 73)
  • #1 for Asian Tenured/Tenure-Track Engineering Faculty (140, up from 120)
  • #3 for Bachelor’s Degrees in Engineering Awarded to Asian Americans (553, up from 403)
  • #3 for African American Tenured/Tenure-Track Engineering Faculty (16, up from 15)
  • #7 for Latino Tenured/Tenure-Track Engineering Faculty (17, up from 15)

General

  • #1 for Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded in Engineering (3,060; the closest follower has 2,145)
  • #1 for Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded in Aerospace Engineering
  • #1 for Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded in Biomedical Engineering
  • #1 for Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded in Chemical Engineering
  • #1 for Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded in Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering
  • #1 for Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded in Mechanical Engineering
  • #1 for Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded in Electrical Engineering
  • #1 for Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded in Computer Science (outside engineering)
  • #1 for Doctoral Degrees Awarded in Engineering
  • #1 for Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Members
  • #2 for Graduate Enrollment in Engineering
  • #2 in Computer Science Research Expenditures
  • #3 for Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded in Computer Engineering
  • #3 for Master’s Degrees Awarded in Engineering
  • #4 for Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded in Civil Engineering
  • #7 for Master’s Degrees Awarded in Engineering
  • #10 in Engineering Research Expenditures ($187.8 million)

Source: American Society for Engineering Education, Engineering by the Numbers 2017

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