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Systems engineering pathway to Otterbein

Otterbein UOtterbein University announced February 6 that it will offer a new major in systems engineering beginning in fall 2015, including a pathway program being developed in partnership with Columbus State.

Ohio will need to fill 274,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs by 2018, and more than 12 percent of those jobs will be for people with degrees in engineering, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2011).

Systems engineering offers a broader-based training than more traditional engineering degrees.

"Integrative, multidisciplinary learning is Otterbein's strength, and our curriculum combines the principles of mechanical, industrial and electrical engineering with our nationally-recognized Integrative Studies program, said Aaron Reinhard, assistant professor of physics and interim director of Otterbein's Systems Engineering program.

"Columbus State looks forward to the possibility for our students to segue into the Otterbein program via a two-plus-two program in engineering. We continue to look at partnerships that bring affordable options to all students," said President David Harrison.

"The systems engineering program responds specifically to the needs of our region and our state," said Otterbein President Kathy Krendl. "According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 34,000 engineers will be needed in the State of Ohio by 2018. Otterbein graduates will help meet that need."

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