Personally, when I think Engineering school, I think Tennessee Tech. Now Middle Tennessee State University is going to be much more prominent in the engineering industry. MTSU saw an opportunity to grow as a university, and we bounced on it. This is commendable, especially considering we are already so touted in such fields as concrete and aerospace technology. This new addition was not necessarily needed, but the fact that it is here boosts engineering morale at MTSU, a degree program that could have been arguably second-best to TTU in the past.
This is simply one more step in the master plan MT has in mind. It's the best in concrete, aerospace, RIM, Electronic Media, and very high on the list for many other major/minor programs in the state, and even the nation. Not only does it do that, but just as the article says, this could signal new job opportunities for students. Murfreesboro ranks 6th in economic growth in the NATION, and this is just another signifier that this region is an economic stronghold, and the growth does not stop here. I commend MTSU, the Murfreesboro area as a whole, and the Engineering department at the university for taking that next step to becoming a significant player in the engineering industry in Tennessee.