University of California, Berkeley’s engineering school accepted 700 applicants this fall and normally graduates around 80 percent of its incoming class, but engineering school dean Shankar Sastry recently said that the University of California system needs to accept and retain more engineering students.
In a KQED article and radio segment, Sastry said the UC administration has not been “nimble enough in setting budget priorities” for engineering schools and students. He said that while the engineering class this year was large, nearly twice that number of students fit the requirements and would succeed at Berkeley. It’s difficult to “squeeze in more students,” he said, when considering budget and staff cuts. Despite the constantly growing demand for engineers, jobs could go overseas to non-U.S. graduates if universities like the UC system don’t make recruitment a priority, he said.
The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) supports technology innovation and entrepreneurship in universities and colleges in order to create experiential learning opportunities for students and successful, socially beneficial businesses. With a membership of nearly 200 colleges and universities from all over the United States, the NCIIA engages more than 5,000 student and faculty innovators and entrepreneurs each year, helping them to bring their concepts to commercialization.
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SPEED is a global, non-profit student organization that seeks to make an impact on engineering education and its effect on society and the environment. Promoting a system that is productive, inclusive, and forward-thinking, it provides a platform for global communication about engineering education among students as well as between students and other stakeholders. SPEED also strives to build a support network for students, empowering them to take action locally and globally in improving their educational environments.
The National Association of Engineering Student Councils has deemed Virginia Tech students as the most philanthropic in the country for 2012 and found that that they operated the best Student Engineers’ Council. The Virginia Tech council has raised more than $1 million over the past decade from organizing one of the nation’s largest career fairs. The money partially funds more than 30 engineering organizations, including the hybrid electric vehicle team; the outdoor-terrain motorsport team; and the Baja and Formula Society of Automotive Engineers’ teams.
The ASEE Student Division was created at the 2007 Annual Conference and Exposition to provide student members a voice and home within the national organization. Student Division objectives for ASEE student members include: fostering programs at regional and national ASEE meetings; promoting the development at ASEE Student Chapters at local campuses; participating in local K-12 STEM education activities; promoting graduate school opportunities for undergrads; promoting scholarships, fellowships, and post-doctoral opportunities; providing opportunities for students to gain insight into academic careers and teaching practices; developing ties between Division members and ASEE Corporate members; developing international opportunities; developing the next generation of ASEE leaders; and building a community of student members. Join them on Facebook.
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