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Nsf Awards $12 Million to Spur an Engineering Education Revolution


USD student working on circuit board project

A student working on a circuit board project at the University of San Diego, whose engineering department was chosen for a RED award.

Credit: University of San Diego

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $12 million to engineering and computer science departments to enact revolutionary, scalable, and sustainable changes in undergraduate education. "To flourish in the future, engineering and computer science must attract and retain people from all sectors of society," says NSF's Pramod Khargonekar.

The award, which is divided equally among six universities and will be distributed over five years, is part of NSF's multiyear effort to help universities substantially improve the professional formation of engineers and computer scientists. A key part of the initiative is support for revolutionizing engineering departments (RED). "RED focuses on transforming department structure and faculty reward systems to stimulate comprehensive change in policies, practices, and curricula," says NSF's Donna Riley.

The RED projects will build upon successful innovations to improve the undergraduate experience. The RED investment aligns with the NSF-wide Improving Undergraduate STEM Education initiative. The six RED awards were given to the Purdue University mechanical engineering department, the Colorado State University department of electrical and computer engineering, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte computer science department, the Arizona State University department of engineering and manufacturing engineering, the University of San Diego school of engineering, and the Oregon State University department of chemical, biomedical, and environmental engineering.

From U.S. National Science Foundation
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