For most engineers, a bachelor’s degree is generally the first step to begin a career in this field. In addition to the abundance of campus-based programs nationally, here are two standout online bachelor’s programs in engineering based in NM:
Eastern New Mexico University of Portales currently offers an online bachelor of science (B.S.) in electronics engineering technology—an excellent program for those interested in solving problems pertaining to the design, analysis, and implementation of electrical and electronic circuits and systems. The program is conducted entirely online, and includes courses in control systems, linear systems analysis, semiconductor devices, logic circuits, and industrial electronics, among many others. Students in this program must complete a total of 128 credit-hours, and the cost of attendance is $2,958.84 per semester for New Mexico residents, including student fees.
Although not a traditional engineering program, the bachelor’s of information and communication technology at New Mexico State University of Las Cruces is offered through the College of Engineering, and may be an ideal choice for anyone looking to specialize in computer-based information systems. Students must complete 128 credit-hours in topics such as application software, computer networking, Linux system administration, web technologies and multimedia, and database technology, among others. It is important to note that applicants must already hold an associate degree or at least 62 postsecondary credits from an accredited institution. Tuition for the spring 2018 semester was set at $2,850 for students taking 15 credit-hours and above, although this does not include additional student fees or online course delivery costs.
While many engineers seek employment after earning a bachelor’s degree, others continue on and obtain a master’s or doctorate. The following are two online master’s degrees available in New Mexico for aspiring engineers:
New Mexico State University offers a master of science (M.S.) in industrial engineering, which can be completed entirely online. Students in this 30-credit-hour program may choose one of two tracks—a thesis program or a course-only program—and also have the option to specialize in areas such as computer modeling, operations research and systems engineering, engineering management, and others. It’s important to note that students in this program must visit the Las Cruces campus for the final oral exam for the program. Tuition for NM resident graduate students taking 15 credit-hours per semester is set at $3,133.50, not including fees; otherwise, tuition is $243.90 per credit-hour.
A number of other online programs exist in NM and surrounding states, including these two distance-based graduate certificates:
New Mexico State University offers a graduate certificate in systems engineering, which can be completed entirely online. Students in this 12-credit-hour program must take two required courses and two electives. The required courses are electrical engineering 461 (systems engineering and project management) and industrial engineering 537 (large-scale systems engineering). There are three different tracks for the electives, including modeling, simulation, and decisions; applications; or systems analysis. Tuition for this program is set at $243.90 per credit-hour, excluding additional fees.
Nearby University of Arizona in Tucson offers an online graduate certificate in engineering management, which may be an excellent choice for individuals not interested in completing a full master’s degree. This 12-credit-hour program includes three required courses and one elective; the required courses include financial modeling for innovation, engineering decision making under uncertainty, and project management. The electives include cost estimation, simulation modeling and analysis, technical sales and marketing, quality engineering, and a survey of optimization methods. Tuition for this program is a total of $13,788, although this may not include additional fees.
When searching for an online engineering program, prospective engineers should examine the specifics and ask the following questions:
Although prospective students are not required to graduate from an accredited program, doing so does have significant benefits. For example, future employers may search for candidates who studied in an accredited program. Also, engineering students looking to secure financial aid for graduate school may find that enrollment in an accredited program is a prerequisite. It’s important to note that not all accreditation is recognized; instead, aspiring engineers should look for programs that have been accredited by one of the organizations approved by the U.S. Department of Education’s Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). A number of other accrediting agencies exist, but validating their legitimacy can be difficult.
Online engineering students in New Mexico may only study in programs that are eligible to operate in the state. This is known as “state authorization” status, and is an important factor to research before enrolling in a program. This information is usually available on a school’s website (e.g., New Mexico State University), and for schools which don’t have a state authorization page, students should contact admissions offices to ensure eligibility.
The admissions requirements for online engineering programs vary by degree level and institution. For example, applicants to New Mexico State University’s master of science in industrial engineering should have:
Additional common application requirements include admissions essays; proof of additional coursework; letters of recommendation; test scores; and even candidate interviews.
Although online degree programs may be relatively new, they are still staffed by highly skilled educators who are renowned in their field. Here are three professors who lead courses in schools that currently offer online engineering degree programs in New Mexico:
Dr. Phillip De Leon – New Mexico State University
Dr. Phillip De Leon is the Paul W. and Valerie Klipsch Distinguished Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Mexico State University, where he also serves as the associate dean of research. He is a senior member of the IEEE and serves on the Industrial Digital Signal Processing Technical Committee. He teaches courses on digital speech processing, embedded DSP, advanced linear systems, and adaptive filtering, among many others. He has received a wide array of awards during his career, including the Fulbright Faculty Scholar Award in 2008 and the Foreman Faculty Excellence Award in 2014.
Dr. Edward Pines – New Mexico State University
Dr. Edward Pines is a professor within the Department of Industrial Engineering at New Mexico State University, where he also serves as the academic department head. His research interests include quality and continuous improvement, large scale systems, and engineering and public policy. He teaches courses on quality control, business for engineers, senior design, and topics in engineering administration. Dr. Pines also serves as an Enterprise Adviser for the Arrowhead Innovation Network, as well as on the Board of Directors of Quality New Mexico. Notably, he’s the president of the High Tech Consortium of Southern New Mexico.
Dr. Dennis Engi – New Mexico State University
Dr. Dennis Engi is a professor within the Department of Industrial Engineering at New Mexico State University, where he teaches graduate-level courses on complex, adaptive systems engineering. His research focuses on the modeling and analysis of national security issues, as well as identifying, understanding, and managing issues that have significant impacts on our quality of life. Prior to working at New Mexico State University, he served as a senior scientist at Sandia National Laboratories, and as a professor and head of the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University.