ASU engineering programs continue rise in national grad school rankings

March 11, 2015

A steady rise in prominence among the nation’s leading engineering graduate education institutions continues for Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings.

The rankings released on March 10 continue to place the Fulton Schools of Engineering Schools in the top 20 percent of all engineering graduate programs in the United States. Gifford in Westerhoff Lab Download Full Image

Among more than 200 engineering schools surveyed by U.S. News & World Report, the Fulton Schools of Engineering are the third largest graduate engineering program and are ranked at 42 overall – up one place from the last year’s rankings and up eight places from only several years ago.

“Our upward trajectory reflects the leadership and impact of our faculty in their fields, the quality of our students and graduates, and the increasing external recognition of the ongoing transformation of the Fulton Schools of Engineering to a world-class engineering school” said Paul Johnson, dean of the Fulton Schools of Engineering. “It is especially exciting to see that the schools’ rankings rose in almost every category in 'specialty rankings' of individual graduate engineering programs.”

The bioengineering program moved up eight places to 41, while the environmental engineering program moved up seven places to number 20, and materials science and engineering jumped six places to 33.

Aerospace engineering leaped five spots to number 23, while civil engineering also went up five places to 31. Mechanical engineering is up four spots to 39, and chemical engineering also went up four places to 45.

Industrial engineering, the highest-ranking engineering graduate education program, moved up to 19 in this year’s rankings.

Electrical engineering remained at 27, and computer engineering – which is not ranked every year – came in at 31.

More than 17,000 students, including more than 3,600 graduate students, are enrolled in in the Fulton Schools of Engineering.  Engineering graduate school enrollment has increased at ASU by more then 70 percent in the last five years.

The Fulton Schools of Engineering’s online graduate engineering program is also among the best in the nation, ranking 14th out of more than 75 leading online programs listed in by U.S. News & World Report rankings in January.

The Fulton Schools of Engineering offer 14 online engineering master’s degree programs, two in partnership with ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business.

Joe Kullman

Science writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


New scholarship honors a commitment to education

March 12, 2015

As an honor to their parents, Carlton and Audrey Yoshioka established the Yoshioka Hossbach Maroon and Gold Scholarship at Arizona State University.

Both first-generation college graduates, the couple says that their parents were always advocates for education. Carl and Audrey Yoshioka with Kathy Andereck and Jonathan Koppell Download Full Image

“Our parents were very hard-working and valued education. Our fathers both went to work immediately, so they didn’t have a chance to finish high school or pursue college themselves,” said Carlton (Carl) Yoshioka. “But they always encouraged us to do so, and this scholarship honors them.”

The Yoshiokas have dedicated themselves to education. Carl is a professor in the School of Community Resources and Development, part of the College of Public Service and Community Solutions, and graduate director for the master of nonprofit studies degree and graduate certificate programs. Audrey is a kindergarten teacher at Kyrene de las Brisas in Chandler, Arizona.

“This scholarship supports students in the nonprofit leadership and management program,” said Carl. “I am passionate about this field – and this is a way to help support someone who will be giving back.”

“Carl has demonstrated his commitment to our students many times over throughout his long career at ASU,” said Kathleen Andereck, director and professor, School of Community Resources and Development. “The scholarship that he and Audrey are endowing is a way to make that commitment endure for years to come.”

“Students come to our college with a vision of the change they would like to see in the world. Professors like Carl Yoshioka have helped them turn those visions into solutions to our shared challenges. Now, through their generosity, Audrey and Carl are doing even more to help our students achieve these dreams and better our communities,” says Jonathan Koppell, dean of the College of Public Service and Community Solutions

“Both of our fathers went to work right away to support our families, and I know every little bit can be helpful for students pursuing a college education,” Carl said.

He says that they had planned to do this after retirement, but the Maroon and Gold Scholars program presented an opportunity – a match from ASU and five years to create the endowment.

Jade Robinson, the first recipient of the Yoshioka Hossbach Maroon and Gold Scholarship, graduated in December with a bachelor’s degree.

“What better way to honor our parents and help students to achieve their goal of a career in community service,” Carl said.

Heather Beshears

director marketing and communications, College of Public Service and Community Solutions