Story posted May 22, 2007
Bowdoin College and the University of Maine have announced an innovative new engineering education partnership. The arrangement, announced in Augusta by Maine Gov. John Baldacci, creates a five-year program of study, with the first three years at Bowdoin.
Students who complete the program will receive degrees from both Bowdoin and UMaine, and they will be prepared for engineering careers or graduate school. The goal of this exciting new program is to help address Maine's need for engineers by educating well-rounded graduates with an excellent broad-based education and outstanding engineering training.
"Bowdoin is a storied institution, with a long history of providing outstanding undergraduate education," UMaine President Robert Kennedy said at the Augusta announcement. "We are pleased to have identified an area of complementary strengths, and we look forward to bringing Bowdoin students into UMaine's highly regarded engineering programs."
At Bowdoin, the students will acquire the math and science skills necessary to succeed in engineering, and they will complete the coursework necessary to complete UMaine's general education requirements.
"This exciting collaboration between Bowdoin and the University of Maine taps strengths at both institutions while providing an important opportunity for aspiring engineers in our state," said Bowdoin College President Barry Mills. "Students enrolled in this program will have the best of both worlds — a Bowdoin education grounded in the liberal arts combined with superb training at Maine in engineering programs well-known for their excellence and rigor. For talented students seeking a top-notch engineering program and a liberal arts education, there will now be every reason to stay right here in Maine."
Initially, students will be able to specialize in one of three engineering disciplines: biological engineering, mechanical engineering or engineering physics. Eventually, the program will be expanded into UMaine's other four engineering disciplines.
The program's structure is in place, and officials from both institutions hope that the first Bowdoin students will be ready to enroll at UMaine as soon as Fall 2008.