Kennesaw State’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology joins White House initiative

College among 122 universities to prepare for global engineering challenges KENNESAW, Ga.  (…

Georgia (Apr 15, 2015)College among 122 universities to prepare for global engineering challenges

KENNESAW, Ga.  (April 15, 2015) — Kennesaw State University’s Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology was among more than 120 U.S. engineering schools that announced plans to educate a new generation of engineers distinctly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society in the 21st century.

“This program goes above and beyond just teaching engineering fundamentals in the classroom,” said Thomas Currin, dean of the College. “Our engineering students will integrate hands-on research, work directly with industry leaders, participate in service learning, and understand global perspectives to help solve the world’s greatest challenges and be inspired to tackle some of society’s most critical problems.”

These “Grand Challenges,” identified through initiatives such as the White House Strategy for American Innovation, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering, and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, include engineering better medicines, making solar energy cost-competitive with coal, securing cyberspace, and advancing personalized learning tools to deliver better education to more individuals.

Each of the 122 signing schools pledged to graduate a minimum of two students per year who are specially prepared to solve large-scale problems, with the goal of training more than 20,000 formally recognized “Grand Challenge Engineers” over the next decade. According to the NAE, more than a quarter of the nation’s engineering schools are now committed to establishing programs to educate engineers to take on the Grand Challenges.

Grand Challenge engineers will be trained through special programs at each institution that integrate five educational elements: a hands-on research or design project connected to the Grand Challenges; real-world, interdisciplinary experiential learning with clients and mentors; entrepreneurship and innovation experiences; global and cross-cultural perspectives; and service learning.

The initiative grew out of a 2013 workshop organized by the American Association of Engineering Societies, Epicenter, Engineers Without Borders USA, EPICS and the NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Program.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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