September 23, 2011

On Wed., September 21, the Board of Regents approved the request to realign Mechanical Engineering, Construction Management and Industrial Engineering in the College of Engineering. The LSU Board of Supervisors approved the realignment on August 26.

The realignment of two departments in the College will more accurately reflect the mission of the individual educational and research programs under the proposed departments. The projected alignment will change the former Department of Mechanical Engineering to the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the previous Department of Construction Management and Industrial Engineering to the Department of Construction Management. Implementation of this plan will activate during Summer Semester 2012, with a transition plan developed during the 2011-2012 academic year.

The repositioning of mechanical and industrial engineering will provide a more accurate reflection of emerging trends in industry, government, the state and nation. This structure will provide a better venue to meet the growing demand for engineers. Currently, the Louisiana Workforce Commission projects a need for 120 industrial engineers per year over the next decade. The State of Louisiana in total graduates 25 at this time.

The new configuration will also facilitate collaboration between industrial and mechanical engineering on topics such as manufacturing, engineering design and design optimization; providing an opportunity for further advancement of the research programs in both disciplines. This realignment will return the industrial engineering program to its original home called “Mechanical and Industrial Engineering” at LSU.

While Construction Management at LSU has traditionally been an undergraduate program, current faculty are vigorously pursuing research opportunities and building a strong graduate program. The realignment will provide the construction management program to grow in a unique way as an alternative to traditional engineering disciplines.

The tradition of excellence in the LSU College of Engineering is continuous from commencement to commencement. As the alma mater of more than half of the engineering and construction management graduates in the state of Louisiana, the LSU College of Engineering demands the best from its students in order to prepare them to continue building this great state.

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For more information, contact Cassie Arceneaux, College of Engineering, carcen6@lsu.edu or (225) 578-0092.



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