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Virginia Tech College of Engineering Announces 34 New Hires
September 14, 2015

Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering attracted 34 new faculty in tenured or tenure-track positions for the 2015-16 academic year — a net gain of 23 faculty members as 11 professors left the college for new employment or to retire.

“This welcome growth in the size of the engineering faculty is in response to a tremendous rise in interest in our undergraduate and graduate degree programs,” said Richard C. Benson, dean of the college and the Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Chair of Engineering.

Undergraduate admission to the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech remains highly competitive. As evidence, in 2005, 4,800 prospective students applied for admission to the College. In 2015, 9,245 applied, a near doubling.

“We currently enroll close to 8,000 undergraduates and close to 2,300 graduate students. Our entering freshman class is the largest in the university’s history, with approximately 1,800 students, and the total number of engineering undergraduates is 44 percent greater than in 2006-07,” Benson explained.

The entering freshman class is 23.4 percent female, well above the national average.

In total, approximately 30 percent of the 2015 entering engineering class are members of underrepresented populations. This percentage comes from the self-reporting by 553 of the first year students of the 1,734 who accepted the offer to enter engineering. These students checked one of the following descriptions: Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino, two or more races, or female.

Degrees are offered in 14 engineering disciplines as well as in computer science.

This story can be found on the Virginia Tech News website.

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