Engineering

Meet the Next Generation of Engineering Education

From creating new products to designing buildings, engineering plays a crucial role in our everyday lives. Knowledge of engineering fundamentals can provide a strong basis for almost any career path. Unfortunately, engineering education is virtually non-existent until the college level, which many educators believe is too late to begin an engineering education. Just four states – Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Oregon – have comprehensive engineering standards in K-12 education.

Texas College Program Aims To Boost Latino Engineering Degrees

Now under a new partnership called the Texas Southmost-Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy, qualified students from the area are admitted to the Texas A&M Dwight Look College of Engineering, but they complete their first two years locally at Texas Southmost and then go to Texas A&M in College Station to finish their engineering degree. During the first two years at Southmost, the courses are being taught by engineering faculty from Texas A&M.

Essay criticizes proposed changes in engineering accreditation standards

If the United States is facing a STEM workforce crisis, as so many economic and industry analysts argue, the worst thing we could possibly do is abandon the very thing that sets U.S.-educated STEM workers apart: the broad education that endows our workers with professional competencies, the perspective to lead organizations in private and public sectors, and the flexibility to adapt to the changing and complex technologies that pervade our culture.

K-State Salina offers new drone engineering degree

Kansas State University Salina has added a new bachelor’s degree and a minor in unmanned aircraft systems, starting this fall, according to a report by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. The new degree is a Bachelor of Science in engineering technology with a UAS option that combines unmanned aircraft technology with coursework in computer science, electronic engineering and mechanical engineering.

Students Take on Navy Missions and Prepare for Future Careers with STEM

Teams of middle school students deployed robots they built and programmed to complete fictitious Navy missions at the Virginia Demonstration Project (VDP) Summer Academy from June 22-26. The students - and their parents, teachers, and mentors - believe that the same science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills applied to the complex scenarios will give them control over their careers, income, and potential to make a positive impact for the United States and the Department of Defense.

The Most Attractive Employers For Engineering Students Around The World

Perennial employment favorite Google leads this list–it also led Universum’s global and U.S. lists of the most attractive employers for business students (NASA claimed the number one spot among engineering students in the U.S.) Microsoft, Apple, BMW, and GE round out the top five. On an industry-wide basis, automobiles and parts companies have gained greater representation in this ranking, pulling ahead of the previous favorite, fast moving consumer goods.

Federal funding for science and engineering at universities down 6 percent

Federal agencies obligated $29 billion to 995 science and engineering academic institutions in fiscal year 2013, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). The figure represents a 6 percent decline in current dollars from the previous year, when agencies provided $31 billion to 1,073 institutions.

The Countries With The Most Engineering Graduates [Infographic]

Which countries churn out the most engineering graduates every year? When it comes to engineering degrees, the United States, Japan and other developed nations produced the majority of the world’s graduates over past few decades. However, things have started to change and a significant number of new engineering, manufacturing and construction graduates now come from developing and emerging countries.

SpaceX asks students to design pods for Hyperloop

Teams of university students and other independent engineering groups will sign up in September, submit final designs in December and then present their ideas in person in January to a panel of university professors and engineers from SpaceX and Tesla Motors, according to documents obtained by The Times.

CSU lands $2 million NSF grant to revamp engineering education

Colorado State University is one of only six schools in the country that has just been charged by the National Science Foundation with retooling the way engineering and computer science are taught. Armed with a $2 million, five-year grant, CSU will break down the traditional approach of teaching one subject per course and replace it with a system in which students in electrical and computer engineering simultaneously learn how various components fit together in real-world applications.

NSF awards $12 million to spur an engineering education revolution

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorates for Engineering, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, and Education and Human Resources have jointly awarded $12 million to engineering and computer science departments to enact groundbreaking, scalable and sustainable changes in undergraduate education.

“We’re Paving the Way, Bringing STEM to Girls at a Young Age”

As a child, Chen would play with her brother’s toys – LEGOs, Lincoln Logs, and the like. When she looked back on this experience as a graduate student she had a total ‘aha’ moment: she saw how the toys she played with as a child made her want to become and engineer. The unique blend of building, circuits, design, crafts, storytelling, and creativity they’ve woven into the fabric of Roominate toys teaches kids STEM skills as they play.

John Paulson Gives $400 Million to Harvard for Engineering School

Harvard announced Wednesday that the billionaire hedge fund manager John A. Paulson had given a $400 million endowment to support the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences — the largest gift in the university’s history.

How a handful of companies is forging the future of robotics engineering

If you want to study robotics engineering in university, you currently have to pull knowledge and skills from three different disciplines: computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. There is no university curriculum that’s fully focused on robotics, so it takes some time for young robotics engineers to get up to speed. As a result, young engineers are entering the workforce with little practical experience, and employers can’t count on getting a standardized, well-defined skill set from new hires.

How to turn more girls into engineers

In a recent New York Times column, a female professor at the University of California-Berkeley argued that more women will be attracted to engineering if they believe their work benefits society. Lina Nilsson, who has a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, also states that to increase the number of women in engineering, we need to reframe the goals of engineering research and curriculums to be more relevant to societal needs. As a female civil engineer, I find this idea couldn’t be further from the truth.

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