Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Undergraduate Curriculum Revision Fund

Join Us in Impacting the Next Generation of Mechanical Engineers

It’s apparent across every sector of the US economy: unprecedented technological change. To prepare our students for the dynamic workplace of the future, our undergraduate curriculum is also undergoing a transformation. However, to keep up with the pace of change, we need your help.

Four new project-based courses, in the works, will integrate multiple learning outcomes in the application of engineering science, programming, modeling and simulation, instrumentation, measurement and data acquisition, structured design process, making and tinkering, and communication. Thus far, flexible technical electives have been broadened.

Our students require a sophisticated skill set for the challenges that lie ahead. Reflecting the demands of industry, we have begun infusing our curriculum with the qualities we encourage in our students: agility, engagement, innovation, communication mastery, and problem-solving skills. Each one is assigned to a donor level, as described below:

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Agility

Donor Level: $25-499
We will build on our strengths and develop more agility in our course plans, including team teaching of project-focused courses. 

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Communication

Donor Level: $500-999
We will invest in all aspects of communication, structuring courses with interactivity and media technology to increase dialogue and strengthen relationships.

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Engagement

Donor Level: $1,000-4,999
Future engineers will shape solutions to problems they care about, igniting a passion for excellence and meaning.

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Innovation

Donor Level: $5,000-9,999
Once a solution has come to life, born of their creativity and effort, students will be encouraged to pursue entrepreneurial paths.

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Problem Solving

Donor Level: $10,000-plus
Students respond to reality. We will challenge them with problems that are fascinating, open-ended, and require diverse skills to solve. The outcome will be theirs.