Leader in Active, Hands-on Learning

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The College of Engineering and Applied Science is a leader in active, hands-on learning that gets students out of the classroom and doing real-world engineering. Among our signature programs are:

The college successfully pioneered a hands-on, collaborative approach to undergraduate education with the opening of the Integrated Teaching and Learning (ITL) Laboratory in 1997.  This state-of-the-art program and laboratory, which Hewlett-Packard called “one of the finer teaching environments on the planet,” challenges students to develop open-ended problem-solving skills while working in interdisciplinary teams, reflecting the professional practices used in industry.

ITL Program co-founders Lawrence Carlson and Jacquelyn Sullivan were awarded the National Academy of Engineering’s Gordon Prize in 2008, for their development of this model educational program infusing interdisciplinary, hands-on learning throughout K-16 engineering education to motivate and prepare tomorrow’s engineering leaders.

This award is the NAE’s top educational honor, a $500,000 award recognizing innovation in engineering and technology education, and CU is the only school to have received it twice. In 2004, the award went to CU Distinguished Professor Frank Barnes for pioneering the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program, which produces leaders who bridge engineering, social science, and public policy.

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