The College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University has been recognized for diversity by Hispanic Business magazine in its September issue.

WVU ranked eighth on the magazines list of Top 10 Best Engineering Schools for Hispanics.

The publication surveyed close to 200 schools in the following categoriesenrollment, faculty, student services, retention rate and reputation. Each school was awarded up to five points in each category and ranked accordingly.

The magazine also cited WVU s proximity to the National Energy Technology Laboratory, t he National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for providing many research opportunities for WVU students.

WVU uses a key group of Hispanic faculty in the recruitment of students. Ever Barbero, chairperson of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, specifically recruits doctoral students from Puerto Rico, Argentina, Columbia, Peru and Spain, visiting nearly 20 universities in the last two years. He also recruits Hispanic students in the United States.

We are very pleased with the ranking,Dr. Barbero said.It shows we are on the right track. It puts our efforts into perspective, and shows that we are doing very well compared to other universities.

More important is the visibility it will give us with undergraduate and high school students in the U.S.,he added.

In addition to Barbero, Victor Mucino, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, combines a team of WVU students with a team of college students from Mexico to solve an industry problem in Mexico. Some of these Mexican students have continued their graduate engineering studies at WVU .

Twenty-seven of WVU s 850 engineering students, or 3.2 percent, are Hispanic.

The University of Texas-El Paso topped the publications diversity list, followed by Georgia Institute of Technology, Central Florida, San Diego State, Michigan State, Rice and University of Texas-Austin. Following WVU were Iowa State and University of California-Irvine.

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