Quite a few engineering programs are added each year across the US. UNC wanted to share its journey with others and proposed a collaborative program to establish mutual support for integrating new engineering programs with entrepreneurially minded learning.
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (Olin) joined the effort as a partner, led by Dr. Jessica Townsend, Interim Academic Vice President for External Engagement. Two decades ago, Olin was a new engineering college experiencing its own “start-up” challenges. Olin’s insights, plus its mission to “drive change in engineering education,” brought tremendous value to the project.
UNC and Olin created EMERGE (Entrepreneurially Minded Engineering Resource Group for Educators).
Disrupted but not deterred by the pandemic, EMERGE was introduced in the Summer of 2020 as a free, optional add-on to the annual Olin Summer Institute. Participants taking EMERGE were led through common challenges, strategies, innovative pedagogies, and best practices for creating EML-infused engineering programs.
Participants in the inaugural program include Carthage College, Campbell University, Colorado School of Mines, Concordia University - Irvine, Elon University, Long Island University, Stevenson University, and Westmont College. Some are creating their first engineering curriculum while others are starting new programs within an established engineering school.
EMERGE continues to support the needs of the group through monthly meetings to exchange ideas, brainstorm solutions, and offer encouragement. Additional workshops are planned for the future as well.