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 Iron Range Gets an Advanced Engineering Degree

Moe Benda, director of the Iron Range/UMD Graduate Engineering Education Program.

UMD Iron Range Masters of Engineering

UMD now offers advanced engineering degrees to residents of Minnesota's Iron Range through the UMD Iron Range/Graduate Engineering Education Program. Classes are offered for a Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM), a Master of Environment Health and Safety (MEHS) and a new Master of Engineering (MEng) with specializations in Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Industrials Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering.

James (Moe) Benda has been hired as the director of UMD's new program. Benda, a chemical engineer, came to UMD from the airplane manufacturer Cirrus Design. "The degree is tailored to the heavy industry of the Iron Range. There are a dozen industries with employees who would like advanced training," Benda said. "In addition to taconite pellet production, we've have new industries like wind power and biomass production."

These offerings are aimed at people interested in an engineering career as well as engineers who need to maintain their licenses, upgrade their engineering skills, or broaden their areas of employability. The courses will enhance professional development and career needs of engineers working in both the public and private sectors.

Classes are currently offered at the Mesabi Range Community and Technical College in Virginia. Benda's office is also located on the Virginia campus. The program hopes to offer 6-8 courses every academic year. Iron Range students will also have access to related courses offered on the UMD campus and to ITV and on-line courses.

The programs are being coordinated through the UMD Swenson College of Science and Engineering in conjunction with the Arrowhead University. Financial support is provided by the Iron Range Higher Education Committee.

Interested students can find an application and receive general information through UMD Continuing Education, the Swenson College of Science and Engineering, or by contacting the Swenson College of Science and Engineering department in Duluth at 218-726-7506. Benda can be contacted directly at, 218-290-5366.

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