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New Information Engineering Technology degree program fills market needs

Students who graduate with New Mexico State University's new bachelor's degree in Information Engineering Technology will be ready for the work force and in high demand, said Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering Department Head Sonya Cooper. The new degree program, launched in fall 2007, was created specifically to meet industry demand.


The new degree program was developed under the direction of an Engineering Technology Industrial Advisory Committee whose representatives come from high-tech companies such as IBM, Raytheon, and Harris Corp. Graduates will be prepared to work in information security, eCommerce, data mining and networking.

"Our programs provide students with the skill sets to be productive as soon as they graduate. They hit the ground running as soon as they are hired," Cooper said. "We can't supply enough students to meet the demands required by today's technological workforce."

The Information Engineering Technology (IET) program was tailor-made for transfer students from community colleges across the region who have already earned an associate degree in a computer technology program.

"We found that students who transferred from, for example, Doņa Ana Community College to our program were very successful," said Associate Professor Lynn Kelly, coordinator of the IET program. "We designed the IET program to accept many of their transfer credits from the community colleges. These students do well in a hands-on, campus-like experience. It's a great way for them to take that next step and earn a bachelor's degree."

The Information Engineering Technology program began in the fall with 10 students enrolled. Eight of these students were transfers who will be ready to graduate in two to three years.

"The program is unique across the country," explained Kelly. "We will be seeking accreditation for this program. Most schools offering this degree are not accredited."

For more information, e-mail engrtech@nmsu.edu or phone (575) 646-2236 or contact Kelly at lskelly@nmsu.edu, (575) 646-3817.