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FSU's Professional Master of Engineering Degree Program Graduates Two, Adds Certificate for Engineering Professionals

Two students became the first to complete the Professional Master of Engineering Program now offered through the University of Maryland, College Park at the Frostburg State University campus.

Jason Pannone earned an M.Eng. in electrical engineering and Will Vogtman received his master's degree in mechanical engineering. Residents of Cumberland, both completed their course work in August 2000 by attending evening classes while holding full-time positions.

Both graduates are FSU alumni. Pannone earned a B.S. in physics in 1998, and Vogtman is a 1995 graduate with a degree in math/education who minored in physics.

The Professional Master of Engineering Program is a practice-oriented, part-time graduate program designed to assist engineers and scientists with career development and the technical expertise needed in business, government and industrial settings.

The M.Eng. degree requires 30 hours of courses work with no thesis requirement. It is open to qualified applicants holding a regionally accredited bachelor's degree in engineering or related field, including physics and the environmental sciences. Courses in electrical, mechanical, civil and environmental engineering are offered each semester by the University of Maryland on the FSU campus.

A new Graduate Certificate in Engineering Program is now available to area residents at the Frostburg campus. Intended for engineers and technical professionals who do not find seeking full masters degree to be an appropriate option, this program is designed to assist them with career development and provide technical expertise in the rapidly changing work environment.

The Certificate Program is open to qualified applicants holding a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree in engineering or a related field. Integrated sets of core/elective courses are offered from all engineering departments. Students choose an area of concentration within one of these departments and completes 12 credits, or four courses, of approved course work with an average grade of B. Late afternoon and evening classes are delivered over interactive video from College Park to FSU.

Applicants to either program must submit a Graduate School admission application and fee to the University of Maryland, College Park, along with transcripts. A 3.0 undergraduate GPS is preferred, but provisional admission may be granted for applicants who do not meet this standard but have salutary work experience.

For information and application materials, contact Linda Steele in the FSU Department of Physics and Engineering at (301) 687-4137, or visit the Web site at

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