AMD and the National Academy of Engineering Recognize Engineering
Programs With Real-World Relevance
Report Showcases 29 Exemplary Programs That Use Real-World
Experiences to Enhance the Quality of Undergraduate Engineering
Education and Workforce Preparedness
AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 11/13/12 -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) and the
National Academy of Engineering (NAE) today announced the release of
'Infusing Real World Experiences into Engineering Education,' a
compilation of engineering programs at colleges and universities
across the nation that incorporates real-world experiences in an
effort to better prepare students for a globally competitive
workforce. By highlighting successful models and best practices, the
report is designed to guide engineering faculty and administrators in
assessing and adapting effective programs at their own institutions.
According to the Center for Advancement of Engineering Education,
without real-world preparation engineering students may not be fully
armed with the communication and professional skills required to
succeed in today's global workplace(1).
While engineering education has historically focused on primarily
teaching technical skills, engineers entering today's workforce
require a broad mix of both technical and professional skills. Many
forward-thinking universities, such as those with the programs
presented in this report, are driving exciting educational change
including incorporating multidisciplinary team-based projects in
their curricula that help develop skills in decision-making,
leadership, written and oral communication, organization and time
management, cultural awareness and problem-solving. By offering
real-world, hands-on education experiences, these institutions are
better preparing engineering graduates to be successful.
"Simply mastering technical engineering is no longer enough to
successfully compete and lead in today's marketplace," said Mark
Papermaster, AMD senior vice president and chief technology officer.
"We see firsthand at AMD that our engineers must also be able to
solve complex problems, communicate clearly and collaborate globally.
The innovative approaches taken by these leading engineering schools
will help prepare our future engineers."
"This nation's prosperity, security and quality of life are direct
results of leadership in the engineering achievements that drive
society forward," said Dr. Charles M. Vest, president of the National
Academy of Engineering. "These programs are strategically preparing
students to become the engineers who will tackle the technical and
social complexities that lie ahead in the 21st century."
The best-practice case studies included in the NAE report compare
anticipated versus actual program outcomes to demonstrate how each
institution is improving the level of preparedness of its engineering
students. In addition to illustrating best practices, the report also
identifies frequent impediments to embedding real-world experiences
into engineering programs, and suggests ideas for overcoming these
barriers to program implementation. The most frequent obstacles cited
include lack of funding and financial support, faculty workload
concerns and challenges encountered with partners.
Nearly 100 nominations for inclusion in the report were received from
accredited four-year undergraduate schools with engineering or
engineering technology programs. Submissions were reviewed by the
NAE's Real World Engineering Education committee and judged based on
seven factors: program creativity, innovation, attention to diversity
(including geographic, institution, racial/ethnic and gender),
sustainability plan, assessment of student learning, level of
real-world experience, and anticipated versus actual outcomes.
To access the full report, please visit
http://nextgenengineer.amd.com/ or go to National Academies Press.
Programs at the following schools are recognized in the report:
-- Arizona State University
-- Auburn University
-- Boise State University
-- Cornell University
-- Duke University
-- Georgia Institute of Technology
-- Grand Valley State University
-- Harvey Mudd College
-- Illinois Institute of Technology
-- Lehigh University
-- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
-- Michigan Technical University
-- Northwestern University
-- Purdue University
-- Rice University
-- Santa Clara University
-- The Pennsylvania State University
-- University of Arkansas
-- University of California San Diego
-- University of Idaho
-- University of Massachusetts, Amherst
-- University of Rhode Island
-- University of Texas at Austin
-- University of Utah
-- University of Wisconsin-Madison
-- Virginia Commonwealth University
-- West Virginia University
-- Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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