Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering is now ranked among the top 25 graduate engineering schools in U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Graduate Schools 2011 survey.
Tech tied for 25th place with Johns Hopkins University and Ohio State University. It has moved up two spots from last year’s survey, where it placed 27th.
“We have been successful at getting larger grants, and we’ve also been moving up in biomedical grants. That has helped attribute to our rise in the rankings,” said Lynn Nystrom, spokeswoman for the College of Engineering. Nystrom serves as a faculty adviser for the Collegiate Times.
Among the recent grants that the college has received are a $7.5 million contract with the Naval Surface Warfare Center and a $7.5 million grant for research in industrial and systems engineering, according to Nystrom.
“One thing we will continue to foster is the interdisciplinary research,” Nystrom said. “These are the kinds of things that continue to help improve research and technology in general.”