Volume 92, Issue 91

Friday, March 19, 1999


Tilston would have been fired by USC

Deterring crime with technology

Computing a new degree

Student groups prep for elections

Nuts and bolts with a business sense

Mixed responses to standardized testing


Caught on campus

Nuts and bolts with a business sense

By Lindsay Isaac
Gazette Staff

Western's engineering science program is awaiting Senate approval for a new concurrent degree which would combine electrical engineering with honours business administration.

Mohan Mathur, dean of engineering science, said he is confident Senate will approve the recommendation, considering other engineering disciplines are already available for combination with the HBA program.

Director of business administration program services Joanne Gibb said the idea of a joint program with engineering and business administration makes sense. "It provides engineering students with management skills and gives them an advance over others in the workforce. Many engineering graduates wind up coming back to school for management training so this is a practical option," Gibb explained.

Gibb said engineering students must go through the same application process as other students and upon acceptance make the decision to combine the programs.

Many universities realize the edge Western has and are starting to offer similar concurrent programs. "We are pleased if other schools copy our program as it establishes our leadership," Mathur said.

Many other program combinations, such as engineering with medicine, which is the first of its kind in Canada, are still original to Western, he added.

Concurrent engineering programs began several years ago but in the past two years they have received more emphasis and more combinations have been made available, Mathur said. "Ten per cent of engineering students are in the concurrent program and the greatest amount of students are enrolled in the engineering and computer science program."

Mathur said the concurrent program offers two degrees in five years for undergraduate programs and programs such as engineering and medicine are completed in seven years.

"The concurrent program provides greater opportunities for students and will make them very competent in the marketplace," he said.

Jason Glaskin-Clay, a fourth-year concurrent engineering and computer science major, said the combination is very beneficial and allows him to study any area of interest. "I was always interested in computer science and the extra area of study will help me in the workforce."

Mathur also said the concurrent program helps to remove the stereotype of engineering students as "nuts and bolts only" people. "Every engineer has creative skills and the capacity to visualize. This program allows students to match their natural talents and interests with their course of study. For example we have one student who is in concurrent engineering and visual arts."

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