U.S. News & World Report: W. P. Carey School ranks top 30 in the nation again

March 13, 2012

This week U.S. News & World Report announced its prestigious annual rankings for the best business schools in the country. For the fifth year in a row, the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University ranks top 30 among the “Best Graduate Schools” for business in the nation.

“We strive to demonstrate consistent excellence year-after-year,” says Robert Mittelstaedt, W. P. Carey School of Business dean. “This recognition is a testament to our stellar faculty, staff and students, who work hard every day. We’re especially pleased since this particular ranking is determined, in large part, by our peer business schools and corporate recruiters who offer our students jobs.” Dean Robert Mittelstaedt Download Full Image

On the new 2013 list, the W. P. Carey School ranks No. 30 for its full-time MBA program. It’s one of the top five business graduate schools in the West. It’s also the only Arizona business school to make the top 50.

“We offer both high quality and tremendous value,” explains Stacey Whitecotton, associate dean for W. P. Carey MBA programs. “Our full-time MBA is one of the two least expensive programs in the entire top 30. The program is also the smallest in the top 30. We enroll only about 150 students, so we can keep class sizes small and personal.”

In the new announcement, the school also scored well on several of U.S. News & World Report’s “specialties” lists. The evening MBA program ranks No. 21 in the nation, the highest for any part-time MBA program in Arizona. The school’s information systems offering ranks No. 13 in the country, and the world-renowned supply chain management program ranks No. 5 in its category.

Other recent lists laud the school’s other marquee programs:

The Wall Street Journal ranks the executive MBA program in the Phoenix area at No. 13 in the world.

• The Financial Times ranks the school’s executive MBA program in China at No. 20 worldwide.

U.S. News & World Report ranks the school’s online MBA program among the only 14 on its first-ever “Honor Roll” for online graduate business programs.

U.S. News & World Report ranks the school’s undergraduate program No. 28 in the nation.

Open house will focus on fun, creative, cool stuff engineers do

March 13, 2012

It’s about love, passion and inspiration.

It’s about ingenuity, creativity and fun. Kids play with robot Download Full Image

So, of course, it’s all about engineering.

The first-ever Engineering Open House presented by students in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, on March 30 and 31, is designed to showcase “what we love about what we’re doing,” says Jonathan Topliff.

“It’s a chance for us to show our passion for the kinds of things you can do in engineering,” says Jane Lacson.

Topliff, a mechanical engineering major with a minor in materials science, and Lacson, a senior studying biomedical engineering, are among leaders of the student committee organizing the two days of exhibits, experiments and demonstrations to be featured at the Open House.

ASU engineering students are building rockets and satellites, designing technologies to store and generate energy, and working on better cyberspace security strategies.

They’re into robotics, solar power, and the high-performance materials being used to make state-of-the-art aircraft, medical devices and electronics.

They’re designing and building prototypes for new kinds of cars and airplanes, and developing systems to better manage natural resources.

Examples of those pursuits and the endeavors of dozens of engineering student organizations and project teams will be on display at the Open House. Visitors will also be able to participate in a variety of hands-on activities (including making slime!).
Water-bottle rocket launches will be among the attractions, as well as launches of objects from a trebuchet (sort of a cross between a catapult and giant slingshot), while the festive atmosphere will be enhanced by live music, street performers and prize raffles.

Activities on March 30 are geared to a field day for elementary and middle school student groups. The Open House’s second day is will focus on entertaining and educating families and high school students.

“We want to show what cool stuff engineers do, that they make rockets and cars and things that spit fire,” Topliff says.

ASU engineering students hope to “ignite a spark in kids that makes them realize that engineering is super-fun,” Lacson says. “It’s also really fulfilling, because it’s about solving problems by being creative and imaginative.”

Paul Johnson, dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, emphasizes that the event “isn’t something the dean dreamed up for students to do,” but is driven by ASU students’ desire to deliver a message about what’s inspiring them to pursue careers in engineering.

“They want people, especially younger students, to be aware of how the work of engineers is all around us in the world and how it’s relevant to the quality of our lives and our future,” Johnson says.

For the youngsters visiting the Open House, he says, “I think our students will help make the university a little less mysterious to them. They’ll get a glimpse of our culture – one in which students work hard but they also experience a lot excitement about what they’re learning and achieving.”

The event is being sponsored by Raytheon. The company is one of the nation's largest producers of defense and homeland security technology and commercial electronics.

For more details see the Engineering Open House website, and a description of attractions.

Joe Kullman

Science writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering