Michigan Tech Graduate Engineering Programs Climb in US News Rankings: Four Michigan Technological University graduate engineering programs rose in the latest US News & World Report graduate school rankings, released today. Chemical engineering’s graduate program moved up to 60th in the nation, from 91st last year.  Electrical  engineering’s ranking rose from 102nd to 89th. Computer engineering was ranked 80th this year, compared to 91st last year. And materials engineering rose to 50th from 51st. The new graduate school rankings place Michigan Technological University’s graduate engineering programs overall in the top 100 nationwide. The magazine’s latest rankings, released today, list Michigan Tech’s College of Engineering graduate programs at 89th. Michigan Tech’s other engineering programs are ranked as follows in the new report: environmental engineering, 42nd; mechanical engineering, 49th; and civil engineering, 56th. Tech’s biomedical engineering graduate program was not ranked. US News says its rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical measures of the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. Graduate programs are reviewed annually in engineering, business, law, medicine and the sciences. This year, 199 engineering schools that offer graduate degrees were evaluated. Statistical data considered includes the ratio of students to faculty, acceptance rate, average Graduate Record Exam score, the school’s total research expenditure and research expenditure per faculty member, graduate enrollment and number of PhDs granted. Peer assessment data comes from deans of engineering schools, program directors and senior engineering faculty. More at www.mtu.edu.