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A Definition of the Definitively Prepared Engineer

The mere practical architect is not able to assign sufficient reasons for the forms he adopts; and the theoretic architect also fails, grasping the shadow instead of the substance. He who is theoretic as well as practical, is therefore doubly armed; able not only to prove the propriety of his design, but equally so to carry it into execution." The Architecture of Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, trans. Joseph Gwilt (London, 1826), pp 3-4

Engineering Schools Dominate Best Return On Investment

If you are interested in looking at your schooling as an investment in the future Payscale offers and interesting analysis and comparison of schools. Engineering and science focused schools dominate the top 10 schools with the best ROI according to Payscale’s ROI (return on investment) analysis. Eight of the top ten or 80% of are characterized as engineering schools. To be characterized in this analysis as an Engineering School it must graduate more than 50% of its graduates as math, physical sciences, computer science, engineering and engineering technology majors. Thirteen of top twenty schools ( and 65% of the top 20 ROI list) are characterized as engineering schools. Payscale’s ROI calculation is based on the average earnings of a schools graduates earn ( I assume they have these statistics) above and beyond that achievable by a high school diploma over a 30 year period. I’ve provided the link below for your convenience.

College Education Value Rankings – Payscale

College Education Value Rankings – PayScale Methodology


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