NMSU engineering offers summer program for community college transfer students

WRITER: Kristen Sullivan

New Mexico State University invites community college students who are transferring to the College of Engineering to participate in a summer program designed to help them transition to the Engineering program.

“This will be a great opportunity to meet students before school starts, network, interact with faculty, and participate in a Lean LaunchPad workshop,” said Sonya L. Cooper, College of Engineering associate dean of academics.

The Breaking New Ground program will introduce students to the method of discovery and exploration that is behind many of today’s successful technology businesses through the application of innovative engineering design processes. During the five-day session, students will define a problem based on customer needs and test alternative solutions. This innovative problem-solving approach will equip students with transferable skills that can be applied in studies as new transfer students and in the future as an engineering professional.

Breaking New Ground will be held August 10 – 14 at NMSU. Students may register at http://engr.nmsu.edu/broadening-participation/. For more information, contact College of Engineering Associate Dean Sonya Cooper, socooper@ad.nmsu.edu, 575-646-2912.

This program is provided at no cost to participants. There will be a $500 stipend awarded to participants who successfully complete the program. Lunch and snacks will be provided

A parallel program is being held at Howard University, a Washington, D.C.-based, private college. As recipients of a National Science Foundation three-year grant for Broadening Participation in Engineering, the two schools are seeking to bridge a non-traditional pathway for minority students to become part of a much-needed engineering workforce in the United States.

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