Global Understanding and Engagement
While the School of Engineering has long enjoyed productive and rewarding international collaborations, a recent focus on expanding faculty and students' global understanding and engagement has really upped the ante.
Annually, a corps of engineering professors and administrators spend time during the summer visiting countries such as China, India, and Nicaragua to broaden their perspective on engineering education and practices around the world. Throughout the year, faculty members partner with universities in Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, El Salvador, India, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom, and Uruguay, sharing their experience working as part of global teams with their students. Additionally, international exchanges of faculty members and researchers with fellow institutions allow extended time to build relationship and aid collaboration.
Undergraduate students experience the value of international collaboration working hands-on with organizations such as BlueEnergy, Ecological Building Network, Engineers Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, and Village Projects International, among others. In support of the University’s mission to educate leaders of competence, conscience and compassion, the School of Engineering strives to inspire the head, touch the heart, and put the hands into action to improve the world. Providing a global perspective is fundamental to achieving that goal.