College welding engineering programs trace its roots back to the 1930s. Over the last 80 years, it has evolved into an academic/research program that is recognized throughout the world. Ohio State University (OSU) currently has the only Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) approved engineering program in the U.S. offering a bachelor of science degree in welding engineering. In addition, masters and doctorate degrees are offered as well. The program has changed immensely over the past ten years with new faculty hires, a merger with the Materials Science and Engineering Department, growth in research activities and the offering of online courses. Additionally, unprecedented growth of the undergraduate student population is anticipated starting this year. BWM Services will discuss the brief history of welding engineers and an update on its current status and future direction.
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