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VCU School of Engineering ranked No. 9 in doctoral degrees awarded to women

The American Society for Engineering Education has ranked Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Engineering as the nation's No. 9 engineering school or university based on the percentage of doctoral degrees awarded to women.

VCU was the only institution in Virginia to be ranked among the top 10 in ASEE's newly published edition of Profiles of Engineering & Engineering Technology Colleges.

"VCU’s School of Engineering has one of the most diverse student bodies of any school in the country and that includes a high percentage of women," said Barbara Boyan, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering. "We have strong women on our faculty, who model what it means to be an outstanding engineer every day. Importantly, all of our faculty and staff are committed to providing the best engineering education possible for our students."

The School of Engineering awarded 32.1 percent of its doctoral degrees to women in 2013. The University of Texas at El Paso was ranked No. 1, having awarded 40.5 percent of its doctoral degrees to women.

"As a woman dean, I look forward to the day when our female population is 50 percent and I am confident that we are on our way to making that dream a reality," Boyan said.

ASEE's Profiles of Engineering & Engineering Technology Colleges directory provides profiles of U.S. and Canadian schools offering undergraduate and graduate engineering, as well as engineering technology programs with the intent of preparing prospective students for an education in engineering. The report's data was provided by institutions that responded to ASEE's annual survey.

About VCU and VCU Medical Center

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 226 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-seven of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University comprise VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. For more, see www.vcu.edu.

About VCU School of Engineering

The VCU School of Engineering, an innovation frontrunner in academics and research, brings real-world education to Central Virginia. Our collaborative and multidisciplinary partnerships prepare undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students for leadership. Part of a premier research university, VCU Engineering enhances regional and global prosperity through cutting-edge development in tissue engineering and drug delivery, biotechnology, cybersecurity, mechanical systems and particle science. We make it real by turning great ideas into breakthrough technologies. Our facilities are hubs of discovery, powered by an expanding student body and faculty committed to excellence. And we encourage partnering with industry and the community, bringing new collaborators into our projects. Our key research areas include: sustainability and energy engineering; micro and nano electronic systems; pharmaceutical engineering; mechanobiology and regenerative medicine; security and minion of big data; and device design and development. How can you make it real with VCU Engineering? Visit www.egr.vcu.edu.