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Engineering Program Could Come To UGA

UGA already offers degrees in biological and agricultural engineering.

Now Michael Adams, the school’s president, wants to add civil, mechanical and electrical engineering to the list.

In a letter to the Board of Regents Adams asked permission to create a school at UGA that would do just that.

Currently degrees in those fields are only offered at 2 state schools: Southern Polytechnic and Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech spokeswoman Lisa Grovenstein says it will be up the the regents to decide if another engineering school is needed.

"Right now we look forward to participating in these discussions and working with the Board of Regents to identify the best mechanism to continue to meet the engineering needs of the state of Georgia," said Grovenstein.

The move comes after the opening of a Medical College of Georgia satellite campus at UGA.

Adams says adding an engineering school will make it easier for UGA to get federal research dollars.

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