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An Interdisciplinary Graduate Program At Wvutech

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Intra-college Graduate Programs

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7.189.1 - 7.189.11



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Muthukrishnan Sathyamoorthy

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. Session 2002-179

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at WVUTech

M. Sathyamoorthy Office of the Dean, Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering, West Virginia University Institute of Technology, Montgomery, WV 25136.


This paper describes the development and implementation of a graduate program in Control Systems Engineering at the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering in West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVUTech). This unique interdisciplinary program is directed towards professional engineering practice and includes internships for those who can be placed with industries in the Upper Kanawha Valley region. With the current enrollment of 21 students, this graduate program is still considered to be small compared to the much larger graduate programs at other institutions across the country. But what makes this unique is the fact that the program has produced excellent graduates who are self-starters and good problem solvers and they all seem to enter the workforce with a penchant for, rather than a fear of, interdisciplinary activities.

1. Introduction

With a rapid move towards global economy and the resulting competition, almost all industries in the country are required to increase their productivity using fewer employees. This requires, for the most part, use of automatic control systems in order to maintain and regulate product output creating a demand for more engineers with control systems skills. There are only a few universities in this country that offer the type of interdisciplinary graduate program that can address this particular need. In January 1990, the Board of Regents authorized WVUTech to offer the Control Systems Engineering Program and to accept students for the fall semester of 1990-91. Although it started out as a joint program with the West Virginia University in Morgantown, it is no longer operated as such. The Program over the last ten years at WVUTech has grown in quality, enrollment and strength.

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Copyright © 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Sathyamoorthy, M. (2002, June), An Interdisciplinary Graduate Program At Wvutech Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10523

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