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More than 25 of UCF’s graduate programs have been ranked by U.S. News and World Report, and aerospace engineering is now among them.

The graduate programs debuted at No. 53, just one semester after the launch of the Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, housed within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

“Our strong debut in the graduate aerospace engineering rankings speaks volumes of the caliber of our graduate students, faculty and the excellent aerospace research we have been building up here at UCF,” said Associate Professor Seetha Raghavan, the coordinator of the aerospace engineering programs. “Our new aerospace Ph.D. program is in the best place to catch the wave of research and development in the aeronautical and space industry as it booms in Florida. For us, the trajectory is clearly upward.”

The mechanical engineering programs were also ranked among the top 100 in the field, and UCF was once again recognized as one of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Engineering Schools in the nation.

“Our graduate programs continue to garner strong positive attention nationally and internationally,” said Ali Gordon, associate dean for graduate affairs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. “These gains in prominence are outcomes of the collective efforts of our world-class faculty and staff, and of our college’s alumni, benefactors, and partners.”

The U.S. News and World Report rankings are drafted each year to help students find programs to continue their education and advance their careers. The publication weighs more than 800 institutions based on peer and expert opinions about the quality of programs and statistical data that measures the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.