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Once again I have to stick up for my old alma mater.  You guys seem to
forget that Cal Poly in San Louis is not the only engineering school.
Cal Poly in Pomona has a very fine structural department under their
civil engineering department.  I got both my bachelors and masters
degree from them.  It is where Breyer teaches timber design and where
Bob Schnieder taught concrete, masonry and steel designs.  It is also
where testing was done by the Masonry Institute and Jim Amerahen (sp ?)
on masonry piers in the 60's.  This is where the current values for
masonry in shear was developed.

You can take practical courses in concrete, timber, soils, foundation
design, steel, masonry, advanced concrete design, advanced steel design
and theoretical classes in matrix analysis, finite element and the like.

I've hired people from both schools.  San Louis will have their students
take more architectural background classes, Pomona will have their
students also take classes in water and sewage treatment, traffic
engineering and more surveying.  Graduates from San Louis have more
problems with civil type work than ones from Pomona.

That is my observation and 2 cents worth.

Dennis McCroskey

John Lawson wrote:

> Lynn wrote....
> > For undergraduate work, none of the supposed big name schools will
> give you a
> > descent education.  You are taught by graduate students in very
> large classes,
> > or at the very least, the professors use teaching assistants to do
> all the work
> > except the actual class.
> > For a California undergraduate school, I would suggest a school
> like Cal Poly
> > San Luis Obispo.  You will get a lot more personal attention from
> the
> > professors and get and education that is gear toward actual
> engineering
> > practice.
> > Once you have finished an undergraduate school education and feel
> you want to
> > go on to graduate work, then I would consider one of the big name
> schools.  And
> > really you should shop around for the professor you want to work
> with who
> > teaches the specialty you are interested in and go to whatever
> school he is
> > teaching at, big name or not.
> >
> > When I was looking for an undergraduate school, I looked to see how
> heavily the
> > graduates were recruited by the engineering firms.  I asked to see
> what firms
> > were lined up to come and recruit graduates, and how many
> interviews each
> > graduate could expect.
> >
> > Lynn
> >
> I completely agree.  If you're not set on staying at the same school
> thru a Masters Degree, an undergraduate degree at Cal Poly San Luis
> Obispo (Architectural Engineering) is far superior to any of the
> others.  Then pick Stanford or Cal Berkeley or UCSD or UCLA for the
> Masters (or try Chicago, Illinois, or MIT back East).  Personally, as
> a Cal Poly SLO grad, I found myself in Stanford's Masters program
> better prepared than any other undergraduate school education
> (especially USC).  In addition, here in California, Cal Poly SLO
> grads seem to get selected first by firms hiring.  I do believe
> though that the difference in educational choice becomes
> insignificant after five years of on-the-job experience.
> John