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must be knowledgeable, ethical and compassionate and maintain a broad awareness of the global implications of their creations. Technological advances must consider the interests of society as a whole, hence engineering education should embrace disciplines outside of STEM. Through programs in interdisciplinary capstone design, vertically integrated projects, and off -grid global innovation, we will expand perspectives by engaging students from the humanities, arts, social sciences, medicine, and business in team experiences. This collaboration will challenge our students to refi ne their soft skills while advancing technical literacy within the non-STEM community. To help guide the transition from student to professional, we will provide students with a professional experience, a context for fundamental knowledge, and a setting to practice lifelong learning. Leveraging our long history of engaging undergraduates in research, integration of technical understanding as a general education requirement, and advancements in project-based learning, we are well-positioned to rise as leaders in educational innovation.


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    • ATTRACT and retain a diverse, talented, and dynamic student body.

    • PROVIDE a cutting-edge, cross-cutting, societally-relevant educational experience that
      • Integrates fundamental knowledge with practical application, professionalism, ethics, and communication.
      • Emphasizes creative thinking, teamwork, inclusiveness, global understanding, empathy for humankind and lifelong learning.
      • Develops entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership skills.

  • CONTINUOUSLY ADAPT and reimagine engineering and applied science education in today’s era of exponentially growing technology and intelligent machines.


1. Continuous innovation and improvement in education: We will strive to continuously progress topically and pedagogically. Topical adaptation starts with world-class research on problems of current and future relevance to society. Targeted strategies will ensure broad-based benefits that extend beyond research-active students and translate into curriculum revisions and new tracks. Frequent communication and collaboration with alumni and employers will ensure technical and soft skills meet changing industry needs. Pedagogical innovation must be valued by all faculty and driven by leaders who focus on teaching and educational research.

2. Project-based learning as professional experience: Our educational philosophy is founded on the premise that the transition from student to professional must occur prior to graduation, and this requires professional experience. We will leverage our Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program and the Global Innovation Field School at the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) in Kenya, require unified frameworks for capstone design, and incorporate students at all levels into integrated teams.

3. Increase accessibility: Our mission to educate extends beyond training students to enter engineering and applied science professions. We are a generator and a conduit of knowledge to serve all levels of education and technological advancement. The strategies below address our broader educational mission and alternate modes of education that enhance accessibility.

a. Online education : We will build on the experiences of our recent COVID-19 online transition and our Electrical Engineering online bachelor’s degree, one of the first ABET accredited online programs in the country. We will collaborate across the University and with other institutions to provide online options for existing degrees and create new online degree programs that bridge multiple disciplines. Mechanisms to share course modules between departments will be established to facilitate collaboration, enhance efficiency, and broaden multidisciplinary education.

b. Service to industries and professionals: We will invite industry partners to collaborate on new courses that address targeted needs of their employees and their industry in general. New professional programs will be developed that focus on retraining working adults in emerging areas of exponentially evolving technologies. Adjuncts from industry who are practiced experts in their respective fields will be recruited to teach courses both in person and online. We will identify research that is suitable for commercial translation and deliver content through credentialed short courses and workshops.

c. Hybrid educational opportunities: Bridge programs will be explored to facilitate and encourage cross-disciplinary educational exchange, where undergraduates of one discipline are taught the fundamentals needed to enter the graduate program of another discipline.

d. Teacher certification in engineering: To support the introduction of engineering design to the Next-Generation Science Standards, we will collaborate with the School of Professional Development to offer a much-needed engineering certification for K-12 teachers.

4. Nurture high standards of academic success and integrity: We must maintain excellence in academic success and integrity and become known as a destination for students who hold the same high standards. Standards should be uniformly maintained across onsite, off-campus, and online degree programs and courses. Efforts include:

a. Advance an environment of success and integrity : We will advance curricular innovations and inclusive teaching that engage our students’ diverse strengths and experiences. Project-based contexts will motivate learning through a long-term, goal-oriented perspective, and inclusion of peer evaluations in student assessment will provide accountability in teamwork.

b. Support and reward excellence : Enhance academic advising with increased staff support. Utilize technologies that augment in-person advising and communication. Reward excellence in peer and faculty mentoring.

c. Expand opportunities for success : Continue to grow winter and summer course offerings to address the needs of off-track students. Institute a uniform process of outreach to advise offtrack students of these offerings for their academic plans. Expand online course offerings to address the unique needs of part-time students.

d. Build a supportive and inclusive community : Improve the student experience by supporting extracurricular activities and interactions between students, faculty, and staff.