Bradley University
In January 2022, Dean Molly Gribb became the first dean for two colleges at Bradley University: the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology, and the Foster College of Business. Under her leadership, the emphasis of the new direction for both colleges is convergence and collaboration.

Our working definition of convergence is:

"We infuse interdisciplinary approaches in our curricula, research and community service, in partnership with stakeholders, to provide students with exceptional learning experiences and the ability to contribute solutions with positive societal impact."

At the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology, we are adopting initiatives to achieve the goal of producing graduates who are equipped with the career skills to pursue the life they want:

  • We prepare our students for successful careers in an environment that fosters convergence and through experiences that are aligned with employer and industry needs.

  • We believe that active learning techniques and the entrepreneurial mindset (EM) are particularly important for professional disciplines like business and engineering.

  • We believe that our partnership with KEEN will enhance teaching effectiveness and increase student engagement.

Most importantly, we believe that instilling our students with an entrepreneurial mindset will enhance their success, regardless of their career path.

Dean Gribb has made KEEN a priority for the Caterpillar and Foster Colleges. Faculty in the college of engineering are invested in becoming effective teachers to serve our students.

We are committed to creating a generation of entrepreneurially minded students to address the grand challenges facing our society.

Current work

Vertically Integrated Project (VIP), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

ECE398 (0-2hours) is a Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) course based on the Georgia Tech model

VIP is a repeatable course introduced to extend project-based learning. Students have the opportunity to work on an interdisciplinary project in a multidisciplinary team of students from various years and backgrounds. They are required to take ECE398 at least for a semester before they get into their senior capstone project.

Department Chair Dr. Yufeng Lu is committed to infusing EM into the VIP course. ECE faculty teaching ECE398 will develop cards and papers to share with KEEN partners through Engineering Unleashed and conferences. The Dean's Office will support these faculty in disseminating results from their work.

As I close my first year as dean of the engineering and business colleges at Bradley University, I am absolutely thrilled to join the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network. I experienced the transformational power of KEEN partnership at my former institution, and I can see the excitement building at Bradley to enhance learning outcomes of Bradley engineering students by imparting the skills and entrepreneurial mindset they need to succeed. Given our emphasis on providing transdisciplinary opportunities for students at the nexus of business and engineering, Bradley University is uniquely positioned to contribute new insights to KEEN and provide value to other KEEN partner schools.
--Dean Molly Gribb
Yufeng Lu
published a card
Learning signal processing through a collaborative project involving product development for biomedical applications