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April Fundamentals of Engineering exams
yield second-highest pass rate in Texas

KINGSVILLE (July 14, 2004) — The Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville received good news last week. Their students had a 96.3 percent pass rate on the April 2004 Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examinations, the second-best pass rate of any engineering college in the state.


The FE exam is a nationally recognized, comprehensive engineering test from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) necessary for all engineering graduates seeking to become a state licensed professional engineer. Colleges and universities administer the test in April and October each year as prescribed by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and the NCEES.

The 8 hour FE exam is broken up into two 4 hour segments. The morning segment tests on subjects common to all engineering majors. The afternoon segment is testing specific topics of the student’s engineering discipline.

Of the 27 A&M-Kingsville students that took the April 2004 FE exam, 26 passed.
A&M-Kingsville’s 96.3 percent pass rate was also well above the state pass rate of 66.9 percent.

That marks the 7th semester since 2000 that A&M-Kingsville’s pass rate has exceeded the state average.

“We have always maintained that we have one of the greatest engineering colleges in the state and the spring 2004 results of the Fundamentals of Engineering examination help to confirm our beliefs,” said Dr. Rumaldo Z. Juarez, president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

“It is comforting to be in the number two spot of the twenty-three universities whose students took the FE, ahead of well known flagship and private universities in the state. Our next objective is to be number one. These results are proof of the quality of our engineering program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, the quality of our faculty and the quality of our students. We are very proud of all of them,” said Juarez.

Dr. Ali A. Pilehvari, professor and chair of chemical and natural gas engineering and longtime chairman of A&M-Kingsville’s FE Exam Committee, attributes the testing success to hard work by enthusiastic students and the teaching efforts of the engineering college.

“All engineering departments continuously update their curriculum and courses’ topics, so students are knowledgeable in all relevant areas of their majors,” said Pilehvari.

“I was very impressed with the performance of our students,” reiterated Pilehvari. “The results show that the quality of education our students receive is at such a high level, our students can compete very well with all schools.”


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