Improving a School's U.S. News and World Report Ranking

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  • Konstantinos S. Tsakalis,

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    1. Department of Electrical Engineering Arizona State University
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    • Konstantinos S. Tsakalis is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University. He received his B.S. Ch.E. degree from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and his M.S. Ch.E., M.S. E.E. and Ph.D. E.E. degrees from the University of Southern California. His interests are in robust adaptive control, time varying systems, applications of control, identification, and optimization in semiconductor manufacturing problems and, more recently, the application of adaptive systems theory on the prediction and control of epileptic seizures. He is responsible for the control-theoretic and algorithmic component of SEMY's (now part of Brooks PRI) Model Based Temperature Control system, which received five patents and the 1998 best products award from Semiconductor International magazine.

  • Joseph C. Palais

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    1. Department of Electrical Engineering Arizona State University
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    • Joseph C. Palais is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University. He received the B.S. E.E. degree from the University of Arizona and the M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is the Associate Chair of the Department and is the author of the textbook, Fiber Optic Communications, Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1998. He has been active in continuing education, receiving the IEEE Educational Activities Board Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education in 1993. Dr. Palais is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, elected for contributions to university and continuing education, primarily in the area of fiber optic communications.


Department of Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 85287; telephone: 480–965-1467; fax: 480–965-3837; e-mail: tsakalis@asu.edu.

Department of Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 85287-5706; telephone: 480–965-3757; fax: 480–965-3837; e-mail: joseph.palais@asu.edu.

Abstract

In this paper we analyze the 2002 U.S. News and World Report rankings of universities offering graduate programs in engineering. We show that a reasonably simple model, whose independent variables are derived from the intuitive causal relationships among the various performance sub-measures, can represent the data. The results can be used to quantify the choice of an efficient policy for improving a school's ranking.

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