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Marian University, IUPUI Partner to Create New Engineering Dual Degree Program - 10/16/2012

A Marian University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis partnership will give Marian University students an opportunity to combine a strong, traditional, liberal arts education with a highly marketable degree in engineering.

Marian University, a Catholic liberal arts university, and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI, have established the Engineering Dual Degree Program at Marian University. Students who complete the program earn degrees from both institutions -- a bachelor of science or bachelor of art degree from Marian University and a bachelor of science in either engineering, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering from Purdue University. 
Right to left: Wanda Worley, Ph.D., associate chair/director and associate professor of technical communication at IUPUI; David Russomanno, Ph.D.,dean of Purdue School of Engineering and Technology; Thomas J. Enneking, Ph.D., executive vice president and provost of Marian University; Ted Gary, president of AMG Engineering and Machining, Inc.

“The Engineering Dual Degree Program is an exciting new opportunity for our students that allows them to have all of the benefits of Marian University’s Catholic liberal arts tradition and the engineering resources and technology of Purdue University on the IUPUI campus,” said Thomas J. Enneking, Ph.D., executive vice president and provost of Marian University. “We work hard to give our students every opportunity to succeed not just in college, but also in life. This new degree program is another example of Marian University’s continued effort to provide our students with the best education and opportunities.”

Enneking and David Russomanno, Ph.D., dean of Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, have worked together to develop the dual degree program since an initial meeting arranged by Ted Gary, a Marian University Board of Trustees member. Gary, president of AMG Engineering & Machining, Inc., introduced Enneking to Dr. David Russomanno, dean of Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indianapolis, with the hope of establishing a partnership between the two schools.

“This agreement is a win-win partnership to provide more highly qualified engineering graduates in critical areas of need for the State of Indiana and our nation.  The program will provide Marian University students a world-class engineering education from one of America’s premier urban schools of engineering and technology, recognized regionally, nationally and internationally for its excellence in teaching, research and civic engagement,” Russomanno said.

IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz said, “Partnering with other institutions has increasingly become part of IUPUI’s strategy to promote education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Since we have the only engineering degree program in the state’s capital city and largest population center, collaborations like these have the potential for real impact on filling the STEM academic and workforce pipeline.”

The Engineering Dual Degree Program has a curriculum that integrates engineering, science, mathematics, computer science, social sciences, humanities, and fine arts courses.
Unlike traditional 3-2 dual degree programs that require students to spend three years in a liberal arts program and then transfer to an engineering school to complete their education, the new Marian University program allows residence and enrollment at Marian University for the duration of the program.

 “This program provides a pathway for students at Marian University to earn an engineering degree―a degree very much in demand in today’s economy. We are confident that outstanding students seeking a stronger liberal arts foundation in this vibrant and faith-based community will thrive in this new program. This new partnership will attract talented students who desire an education that will prepare them to not only secure challenging and well-paid jobs upon graduation, but also a rich and rewarding life,” Marian University President Daniel J. Elsener said. 

 For enrollment information, contact Lynn Thomas, M.S., instructor of physics, at  or 317. 955.6000.