MSU/SJSU Engineering Ph.D. Gateway Program

NEWS RELEASE

SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY

Monday, October 15, 2007

Contact: Dr. Guna Selvaduray, guna.selvaduray[at]sjsu[dot]edu

ENGINEERING Ph.D.

Agreement with Mississippi State University Will Create New Pathway Enabling SJSU Engineering Students to Pursue Doctoral Degrees

SAN JOSE, Calif. – San Jose State University’s Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering has agreed to establish an integrated master’s and doctoral program with Mississippi State University’s James Worth Bagley College of Engineering. The MSU/SJSU Engineering Ph.D. Gateway Program will create a new pathway enabling SJSU engineering students to pursue doctoral degrees through MSU. Officials from both universities will meet at 2:30 p.m. today in Engineering 285 to sign related documents. This event is closed to the public but open to the media.

“This collaboration will allow us to access the advanced research programs at Mississippi State and, therefore, strengthen SJSU’s ability to educate new engineers for a dynamic and competitive Silicon Valley,” said Belle Wei, San Jose State’s engineering dean.

While SJSU graduate students will gain access to faculty expertise and resources at Mississippi’s flagship engineering college, MSU students will have the opportunity to obtain master’s degrees from SJSU based on research conducted with SJSU faculty in Silicon Valley, drawing on San Jose State’s role as the largest provider of engineers to the region’s tech companies. Both universities expect the gateway program to enhance the educational process and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the engineering and science fields.

“The synergy that will be developed by this partnership between the two engineering colleges will significantly increase the research capabilities of both and will make us more competitive for research funds,” said Guna Selvaduray, SJSU’s associate dean of research.

Silicon Valley business executive James W. Bagley, a Mississippi State alumnus and namesake of its engineering college, helped initiate the gateway program. Bagley is executive chairman of the board at Fremont-based Lam Research Corporation, a major supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the world’s semiconductor industry. Lam Research, under Bagley’s leadership, is a supporter of the Davidson College of Engineering.

“This program will provide greater opportunities for qualified students of both universities,” Bagley said. “Growing the engineering graduate student enrollment at each of these institutions will help address the national need for more advance-degreed engineers as well as enhance the stature of both engineering colleges.”

The MSU/SJSU Engineering Ph.D. Gateway Program is effective immediately. For more information, please contact Guna Selvaduray, Davidson College of Engineering associate dean of research, 408-924-3800 or gunas[at]email.sjsu[dot]edu .

  • The Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering at San Jose State University, the largest provider of engineers to Silicon Valley companies, has nearly 5,000 students enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The college offers engineering degrees in aerospace, chemical, computer, electrical, general, materials, mechanical, civil and environmental, industrial and systems, and aviation and technology. SJSU’s engineering program is ranked 16th nationally among master’s-level programs in U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of “America’s Best Colleges 2008.” *

  • San Jose State – Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 30,000 students and 4,000 employees – is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.*