Education department approves two 
dual-degree programs

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RIT has created two new dual-degree engineering programs focusing on sustainable product and process design 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 growing programs in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

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 of industrial and systems engineering and program coordinator for the sustainable engineering degree. Some of the areas involved include industrial and systems engineering, mechanical engineering, public policy, business and management, science and engineering technology. 

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

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.