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February 26, 2008

GROVE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AT CCNY, UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO AT MAYAGÜEZ TO OFFER COLLABORATIVE Ph.D. PROGRAM

NEW YORK, February 26, 2008 – The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY) announced today that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM) School of Engineering to establish collaborative Ph.D. programs in engineering.  The program is The Grove School’s first joint doctoral program with another institution.

“This new relationship strengthens and solidifies our position as a major research institution,” said Dr. Joseph Barba, Dean of The Grove School of Engineering. “We will be able to build upon the infrastructures and research capabilities at both universities.”

At the present time, the Ph.D. program at The Grove School is offered through the CUNY Graduate Center, with options for specialization in Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.  The CUNY Board of Trustees was expected to vote to authorize CCNY to offer the Ph.D. in engineering at its regular meeting on February 25.  UPRM offers a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, with specializations in Structures, Transportation and Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Computer Information Science and Engineering.

While students will be able to take courses at both schools, it is expected that they will do most of their work at the institution where their advisers are based.  Their dissertation committees will include professors from both schools, with the chair selected from the institution that will grant the degree and the co-chair from the other university.  There is also a one-year residency requirement at CCNY for students working towards a CUNY degree.

The new collaboration is an outgrowth of UPRM’s participation in the NOAA-CREST (Cooperative Remote Sensing Science & Technology) Center, which is based at CCNY.  “Our research collaborations have evolved into academic collaborations and, now, programmatic collaborations,” Dean Barba noted.  One UPRM student is already at CCNY working toward their Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Reza Khanbilvardi, Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the NOAA-CREST Center.

As Puerto Rico’s only public school of engineering, UPRM boasts a strong student body, Dean Barba pointed out.  Many of its graduates have obtained or are working toward Ph.D.s from elite private universities in the United States.  Since UPRM students are overwhelmingly Hispanic, the new collaborative program will fortify CCNY’s position as a leading producer of Hispanic Ph.D.s in engineering, he added.

About The Grove School of Engineering at CCNY

The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York, formerly the CCNY School of Engineering, is the only public engineering school within New York City.  It offers Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees in seven fields: biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering and computer science.  The School is recognized nationally for the excellence of its instructional and research programs and ranks among the most diverse engineering schools in the country.  On November 28, 2005, the CUNY Board of Trustees named the School in honor of Dr. Andrew S. Grove, a member of the CCNY Class of 1960, and a co-founder and former chairman of Intel Corp., the world’s leading producer of microprocessors.  For additional information, visit www1.ccny.cuny.edu/prospective/engineering.

About The City College of New York

For more than 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines.  Over 14,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA); The School of Education; The Grove School of Engineering, and The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.  For additional information, visit www.ccny.cuny.edu.

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