The Industrial Engineering program within the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) has earned a top-40 ranking in the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools guide.

The program placed No. 35 in the nation in rankings released today, up 13 spots from last year.

CECS’s other top-100 programs include Electrical Engineering at No. 55, Computer Engineering at No. 58, Environmental Engineering at No. 64, Materials Engineering at No. 70, Civil Engineering at No. 90, Computer Science at No. 91 and Mechanical Engineering at No. 93.

CECS remains a top-100 engineering college at No. 72.

They are among 21 UCF programs and colleges ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s top-100 list of Best Graduate Schools for 2014. Today’s rankings are available online here, and the Best Graduate Schools 2014 guidebook will be available on newsstands beginning April 9.

“Nine of UCF’s 21 top-100 programs and colleges are with CECS, something we are proud to say,” said Michael Georgiopoulos, CECS interim dean. “All five of CECS’s academic departments are represented in the top 100, which is a testament to the quality education we provide and the excellence of our faculty.”

UCF’s Industrial Engineering graduate program is designed to educate and prepare individuals interested in optimizing complex processes or systems in industry with emphasis on mathematics and quantitative methods. Students specialize in areas such as operations research, systems engineering, modeling and simulation, engineering management, quality engineering, and human factors and ergonomics.

“I am very glad that our sustained efforts to improve the quality of our M.S., M.S.I.E. and Ph.D. programs, and the introduction of our Master of Science in Engineering Management program, are paying off, especially since most programs in the top 30 have been there a long time,” said Waldemar Karwowski, chair, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems.

University-wide, UCF’s Counselor Education program placed ninth in the nation and its Special Education program placed 16th. The UCF College of Optics and Photonics ranked No. 13 among the nation’s atomic, molecular and optical sciences programs. The Nonprofit Management program in the College of Health and Public Affairs ranked No. 25. Other top-ranked UCF programs include Criminal Justice (26); Healthcare Management (46). Public Administration (59), Communication Sciences and Disorders (73), College of Nursing (79), Social Work (89), College of Education (91) and Physical Therapy (99).

More than 1,200 programs are reviewed nationwide for the magazine’s annual graduate-school guide. Scores are based on expert opinions about programs and statistical indicators that reflect the quality of faculty, researchers and students at each institution.

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