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Published June 15, 2012, 05:14 PM

UND Engineering College Growing With State's Oil Boom

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Business is not the only one benefiting from North Dakota's oil boom. The University of North Dakota's College of Engineering and Mines has seen big growth over the last five years.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Business is not the only one benefiting from North Dakota's oil boom.

The University of North Dakota's College of Engineering and Mines has seen big growth over the last five years. It's expanding its role in helping the state deal with the energy industry boom.

School officials say enrollment is reaching a record high of close to 1,500 students, which represents more than 40 percent increase since 2008.

"The Department of Engineering is having great interest from people showing great interest in that program. We added the Institute for Energy Studies, so all these things have attracted more people, more students," Engineering and Mines Dean Hesham El Rewini said.

The College of Engineering and Mines has 24 degree programs and annual research dollars have doubled to more than $7 million in the last four years.

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