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June 13, 2007

Purdue College of Engineering to offer new online programs

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Starting in August, Purdue University's Division of Engineering Professional Education will offer online specializations in geomatics and computational engineering.

Both programs are designed to provide working professionals with the added skills and knowledge it takes to gain a competitive edge in their industry. Neither program will require on-campus study.

The geomatics specialization is a School of Civil Engineering program created for those interested in exploring the geospatial complexities of the earth. It is the first online geomatics master's degree program in the United States and will be offered as part of Purdue's multidisciplinary master of science in engineering and master of science programs.

Both an engineering and scientific discipline, geomatics is devoted to the collection, modeling, analysis, exploitation, dissemination and management of geographic and spatially referenced data. Geomatics has commercial and defense industry applications.

The new online specialization in computational engineering comes out of the interdisciplinary graduate program in computational science and engineering, first launched on the West Lafayette campus in 1995. The new online program is geared toward professional engineers who are looking to solve computational challenges and help deliver breakthrough designs in the aerospace, automotive and other industries.

The computational engineering program will be offered as part of Purdue's master of science in engineering program and also will be available to online master's degree students from aeronautics and astronautics; electrical and computer engineering; industrial engineering and mechanical engineering.

Engineering Professional Education offers Purdue master's degrees in 30 credits - 10 courses - with no thesis required. Classes are primarily available via streaming video over the Internet. Admission requirements differ by department. Students may start taking classes prior to admission to a degree program.

For information about the online geomatics and computational engineering specialization programs, call the Engineering Professional Education office at (765) 494-7015 or visit

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089,

Source: Carol Sauerhoff, Professional Education manager of marketing and client services, (765) 494-0469,

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