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Working electrical, civil engineers continue education online with the Russ College this fall

Kaitor Kposowa and Colleen Carow | Sep 3, 2013

Working electrical, civil engineers continue education online with the Russ College this fall

Kaitor Kposowa and Colleen Carow | Sep 3, 2013

Two new cohorts of electrical and civil engineers from California to Pennsylvania have joined Ohio University fall semester as part of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology’s new online master’s programs in electrical and civil engineering. Offered in conjunction with eLearning OHIO, the programs give working professionals an opportunity to earn a master’s degree completely online within two years.

“We’re very excited about the launch of our online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Program (MSEE),” said program director and Professor of Electrical Engineering Doug Lawrence. “We designed an engaging curriculum that is extremely well-suited for engineering professionals seeking to expand their technical knowledge.”

Offering students courses on how to design, develop, and evaluate electrical and electronic systems for a variety of applications, the MSEE program also enables students to study GPS and GPS-alternative navigation techniques for intelligent transportation systems, one of the Russ College’s strengths thanks to its internationally renowned Avionics Engineering Center, which garners research contracts for the FAA, NASA, and airports around the globe.

More complex engineering systems can be explored in greater depth in the optional Electronic Navigation Systems track.

“It really leverages the distinctive expertise of the faculty and technical staff affiliated with our aviation navigation work,” Lawrence explained.

Twelve MSEE students from Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Ohio comprise the inaugural cohort.

Civil engineering students – seven this fall – can specialize in Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, or Transportation Engineering.

“We’re excited to offer this opportunity to students who normally are not able to get a master’s degree due to career and family commitments,” said MSCE director and Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Guy Reifler. “We look forward to teaching a crop of students who have job experience, professional maturity, and are invested in the educational process.”

The two new programs joined the Russ College’s already established Master's of Engineering Management program.