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Development of hybrid programs to make engineering degrees more relevant

Development of hybrid programs to make engineering degrees more relevant



With the rapid pace of advancements in engineering, traditional disciplines such as civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering have evolved to encompass specialties that interface across the disciplines.

Our engineering programs are named for these traditional disciplines; however, they no longer adequately reflect new opportunities for engineering education and engineering employment. Our faculty members are engaged in scholarly work that involve interdisciplinary areas of expertise.

We are closely examining the inventory of our faculty expertise and interests to identify and facilitate growth in engineering fields that span interdepartmental areas. We are investing program leaders, with the help of our industry partners, to develop these programs and increase their visibility to both students and potential employers.

Our aerospace, advanced manufacturing, energy and water programs already enjoy well-developed research and educational programs. They will be made even better and more relevant to the needs of employers through the expansion of formal curriculum development, resource sharing and faculty collaborations.

Our administration fully supports this effort and I am looking forward to some exciting new developments in the College of Engineering in the near future.