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Missouri S&T Celebrates 150 Years, Programs Rank Among Best in U.S.

The Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is celebrating its 150th anniversary as it programs rank among the best in the U.S. Missouri S&T was founded in 1870 as the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy.

The University of Missouri Board of Curators recognized Missouri S&T’s 150th anniversary with a resolution in April. The board honored Missouri S&T for the university’s longevity and success as one of the first technological learning institutions west of the Mississippi River.

“Missouri S&T is highly recognized for providing an outstanding return on investment and is ranked as the No. 1 university in Missouri for alumni salary potential,” said Board Chair Darryl Chatman. “Congratulations in celebrating this milestone. It’s truly historic.”

As the university celebrates its anniversary, many of its programs are being ranked among the best in the nation.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Missouri S&T 50th among public universities and 84th overall in U.S. News’ Best Engineering Schools. In addition, graduate programs in six S&T engineering disciplines climbed in this year’s national graduate program rankings:

  • Aerospace engineering rose to No. 38 from 47 last year.
  • Chemical engineering rose to No. 88 from 98 last year.
  • Electrical engineering rose to No. 66 from 75 last year.
  • Mechanical engineering rose to No. 63 from 65 last year.
  • Engineering management rose to 54 from 55 last year in the industrial engineering category.
  • Environmental engineering rose to No. 45 from 48 last year.

“The gains in rankings of six of our eleven programs shows that the word is getting out – our strong engineering program is clearly getting stronger,” said Dr. Richard Wlezien, Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing at S&T. “Particularly gratifying is the 16% increase in rank for our rapidly expanding aerospace program. Our graduates are sought by leading engineering firms, and our future-focused programs are preparing students for successful careers.”

For the first time since the university began offering business degrees 20 years ago, Missouri S&T made U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of “Best Business Schools” for its full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.

“This is tremendous recognition for our program, and I’m very proud of our faculty, staff, students and alumni who have helped us build a program of national distinction,” said Dr. Keng Siau, Chair and Professor of Business and Information Technology. “We have accomplished much in a very short time to build an MBA program that is on par with many of the strongest and most well-established business programs in the nation.”

Missouri S&T is a STEM-focused research university with more than 7,600 students and it’s part of the four-campus University of Missouri System. It’s located in Rolla and offers 99 different degree programs in 40 areas of study.

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