Fifty-three CU-Boulder engineering students will be immersed in Spanish and global development as residents of Kittredge Central, the campus's newest residence hall.
The students make up the first cohort in the new Global Engineering Residential Academic Program, headed by Associate Dean for Education Diane Sieber. The Global Engineering RAP is designed for students with interest in worldwide engineering systems, foreign languages, international collaborative design, and international development.
"The curriculum prepares students to study or work abroad and to volunteer for international and domestic aid projects," says Sieber. "It also prepares them for sophisticated leveraging of emerging international communication and collaboration tools such as teleconferencing and document- and image-sharing via social network platforms."
The RAP links to a new undergraduate global engineering certificate, managed by the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities, which also can be earned outside of the RAP. Recognizing the growing need for engineers to be competent in developing systemic solutions with global impact, the certificate is designed to expand students' understanding of how to operate in an international context and to work effectively as members of international teams.