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University of Hawaii at Manoa - 2011

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College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

The University of Hawaii at Manoa is a research university of international standing. One of only 32 institutions nationwide to hold the distinction of being a land-, sea-, and space-grant research institution, UH Mānoa is ranked in the top 30 public universities in federal research funding for engineering and science and 49th overall by the National Science Foundation. In 2010, UH Mānoa received $355 million in awards, with research grants reaching $256 million and nonresearch awards reaching $99 million. Seven of UH Mānoa’s faculty are currently members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Institute of Medicine.

Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having “very high research activity,” UH Mānoa is known for its pioneering research in such fields as oceanography, astronomy, Pacific Islands and Asian area studies, linguistics, cancer research, and genetics. (from
The main UH campus located in Manoa Valley on the island of Oahu began in 1907 as a land-grant college of agriculture and mechanic arts. Today 20,000-plus students are enrolled in UH Manoa courses, on campus or via distance delivery, studying toward bachelor's degrees in 87 fields of study, master's degrees in 87, doctorates in 51, first professional degrees in architecture, law, and medicine, and a number of certificates.

Engineering has been a major program of study at this institution since its founding in 1907. UH Manoa has granted more than 9,000 engineering degrees, and many of the professional engineers practicing in industries, consulting firms, and governmental agencies throughout the state are graduates of UH Manoa. UH Manoa is the only engineering degree-granting institution in the state of Hawaii. The College offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral programs to approximately 970 students enrolled in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. The three baccalaureate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. All undergraduate students in the College of Engineering must receive approval of their program of courses from their advisors prior to registration each semester. The College's faculty are actively engaged in government and industry-sponsored research that is national and international in scope. Many of the faculty have strong ties, including research projects, with academic institutions and industry in Asia and the Pacific Rim. More than half of the College's faculty have been hired within the past decade. More information about the College is available at