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New bachelor's degree in engineering announced

A proposal for a new Bachelor of Science Degree in General Engineering was officially approved for Penn State Hazleton by the University’s Board of Trustees on July 9.


This new degree, with a focus on alternative energy and power generation, will be the only such program offered within the Penn State system. Students will be accepted into the program starting in fall 2010.


Penn State Hazleton Chancellor Gary Lawler said, “We are both excited and proud to be bringing this new engineering program focusing on alternative energy to Penn State Hazleton.  It affords our students incredible opportunities to be at the forefront of a vital growing industry.  Additionally, the new program will bring valuable educational resources to the greater Hazleton area and northeastern Pennsylvania, as we become a leader in alternative energy.”


Associate Professor of Engineering Wes Grebski, who led the effort to design the program said, “Students will be able to earn a baccalaureate degree in engineering without leaving the area; the entire program is available locally.”


Grebski stressed the importance of working closely with the business and educational communities to sustain the success of the program. “This program can’t exist in isolation,” he said, adding, “We are working with K-12 and other higher education partners to ensure students are prepared for the program. We are also working with business and industry to develop project topics, internships and job opportunities.”


The degree program will help prepare students to enter the alternative and renewable energy sector, as well as the power generation industry. Graduates will have extensive training in these areas, along with a critical understanding of the environmental, social and economic aspects of the power generation industry.


Penn State Hazleton has offered associate degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering technology for more than 40 years and is a leading location for students starting a Penn State engineering baccalaureate degree.  


The addition of the engineering degree program brings the number of bachelor’s degrees offered at Penn State Hazleton to six. The other programs include Business, Information Sciences and Technology, Letters, Arts, and Sciences; Organizational Leadership, and Psychology. 


For more information on the new Bachelor of Science Degree in General Engineering with Alternative Energy and Power Generation track, contact the admissions office at 450-3142.

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