UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science rose to number fifteen among the top graduate engineering schools in the country, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings, available on newsstands Friday, April 1. Among public institutions the School ranks ninth, up one position from last year.

Rankings by the magazine are based on a combination of peer reviews and quantitative measures. Statistical indicators include average GRE scores, peer assessment, acceptance rates, PhD student-faculty ratios, faculty membership in the National Academy of Engineering, research expenditures in total and per faculty member, and PhDs granted.

“We are committed to the continued enhancement of our School and our programs, and we are pleased our academic progress has been recognized nationally,” said School of Engineering Dean Vijay K. Dhir.

A number of UCLA’s specialty areas also were ranked. Rankings for individual specialty areas are based solely on nominations by educators at peer institutions. Among public universities, aerospace engineering ranks 9; biomedical 24; chemical engineering at 14; civil engineering 18; computer science at 7; electrical engineering at 7; materials science and engineering at 11; and mechanical engineering at 6.

Dhir pointed to numerous signs of the School’s continued growth and stature, including the many faculty who are members of the National Academy of Engineering, the numerous prestigious awards won by faculty over the past year alone, and major honors such as the Turing Prize, the highest award of distinction in computer science, having been garnered by both faculty and alumni.

Last year alone, the School received more than $80 million to support engineering research. The School also was awarded five major interdisciplinary research centers in recognition of its worldwide reputation in research and education. These centers, funded by federal agencies and industry, bring more than $100 million to Southern California and support significant research and educational activities.

“The exceptional dedication of our students, faculty and staff, and our collaborations with other institutions, industry and government ensure that the School is well poised to succeed in our rapidly changing world. Faculty, students and alumni can be proud of what we are accomplishing together,” added Dhir.

The School now enrolls roughly 2,400 undergraduates and about 1,400 graduate students. In 2004, it awarded 678 BS degrees, 323 MS degrees, and 118 PhDs. Established in 1945, the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science offers 28 academic and professional degree programs, including an interdepartmental graduate degree program in biomedical engineering.