Engineering News, July 2012

A recent article from The Times Herald (PA) gives details on the 17-year partnership between the Merck Company Foundation, Merck Research Laboratories, and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in offering “scholarships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, particularly biomedical and chemical disciplines, to promising students.”

According to Dr. Karl W. Reid, (MA B ’84) UNCF senior VP of academic programs and strategic initiatives, the UNCF/Merck Science Initiative has supported 627 scholarships and fellowships. Read the article for more information

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Tennessee Tech University has some new additions to the engineering department for the fall. A new wind tunnel, pipe friction and parallel/series dump demonstrators, and a variable-speed dual air compressor system have been added to an old fluids lab basement to allow students use of the equipment “to test their designs and learn about way to increase energy efficiency.” Click here for the article

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Dr. Richard K. Miller, (CA L ’71) founding president of the Franklin Olin College of Engineering, was a recent guest as part of a “series of conversations with leaders from colleges around New England.” In the audio interview, Dr. Miller discusses the unique approach to engineering education at Olin.

“The school is interdisciplinary to its core – there are no academic departments and no tenure for faculty. Students dive into projects, not abstract theory, from day one,” said Dr. Miller. “The college is creating engineers who are comfortable as citizens and not just calculating machines.”

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