OGDEN, Utah – The Utah State Board of Regents has approved a new electronics engineering degree at Weber State University, beginning this fall.
The degree program was developed in response to demand from local business and industry, especially those in the defense and aerospace sector.
“We’ve had tremendous response to this news, especially from individuals who are currently employed and were seeking a nearby option to further their education,” said WSU provost Michael Vaughan.
More than 45 students have signed up for the new major.
Courses will be held at Weber State University Davis in Layton, offering convenient access for enlisted and civilian employees at Hill Air Force Base (HAFB) as well as individuals employed with defense and aerospace companies in Northern Utah. The program will offer classes in the evenings to accommodate students in the labor force.
In developing curriculum for the new degree, professors met with representatives from local business and industry to learn firsthand about current needs in the workplace. A survey completed earlier this year by the Utah Technology Council found that companies anticipated 1,000 engineering openings across the state in 2010.
WSU officials emphasized that the new degree could be offered at no additional expense.
“All of the faculty, facilities and equipment are in place to begin offering courses immediately,” said Warren Hill, dean of WSU’s College of Applied Science & Technology, which will house the electronics engineering program.
For student Rob Eckel, news of the degree program is welcome. Eckel, who was stationed at HAFB with the Air Force, is place-bound in Davis County by personal obligations.
“This is going to make a huge difference in my education and long-term career plans,” Eckel said. “Because of my ties to this area, I was trying to create an equivalent degree at Weber by majoring in applied physics with minors in electronics engineering technology, math and computer science. Now I can earn the degree I really wanted.”
The Regents approved the degree at their June 25 meeting held in Heber City.
WSU’s College of Applied Science & Technology plans to hold an open house Aug. 10 at WSU Davis (2750 N. University Park Blvd., Layton) for anyone interested in learning more about the program. Visit weber.edu/ee for more information about the electronics engineering degree.
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