Department of Education approves two new dual degree programs at RIT

Offering allows for integrated program resulting in industrial and sustainable engineering degrees

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Rochester Institute of Technology has created two new dual-degree engineering programs focusing on sustainable product and process-design methods as well as end-of-life management decision tools and technologies. The combined undergraduate and graduate degree programs will emphasize industrial and systems engineering and sustainable engineering, two of the growing programs in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT.

“These programs will allow our undergraduate students to obtain their undergraduate degree in industrial engineering, and their graduate degree in sustainable engineering in an integrated manner, as well as an accelerated time frame,” says Jacqueline Mozrall, professor and chairp, industrial and systems engineering. “The integration of these two disciplines will allow students to more effectively apply industrial engineering knowledge and tools in the development of sustainable solutions.”

The existing graduate degree programs in sustainable engineering are unique multidisciplinary programs that engage faculty and coursework from across many different disciplines at RIT, adds Brian Thorn, associate professor, industrial and systems engineering, and program coordinator for the sustainable engineering degree. Some of the departments involved include industrial and systems engineering, mechanical engineering, public policy, business and management, science and engineering technology.

“Students have taken to the courses,” he says, “and the Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering course is one of the most popular professional electives.”

In June, the department received the 2009 Innovations in Curriculum Award for the new dual-degree programs from the Institute of Industrial Engineers at the organization’s annual conference. This was the first time RIT had been recognized for the award that is given to a college or university engineering program that integrates creative instruction with relevant topics to meet the changing needs of the industrial engineering profession.