The beginning of academic year 2017 marked the start of a new program called the New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET) which provides interdepartmental courses for students interested in combining disciplines that may not have formalized crossovers available in the curriculum.
Through NEET, students choose a sequence of explicitly interdepartmental projects in their sophomore, junior, and senior years while continuing to establish and learn fundamentals in departmentally offered subjects. Students are coached in personal and interpersonal skills and are challenged to develop their ability to learn by themselves.
The NEET initiative aims to educate young engineers to build the new machines that will address societal needs, by preparing them to work as entrepreneurs/innovators and discoverers, and by instilling the NEET Ways of Thinking. DMSE is joining the initiative with a thread called Advanced Materials Machines.
Professor Elsa Olivetti, the Atlantic Richfield Assistant Professor of Energy Studies in DMSE, said that the new DMSE/Mech E collaborative course is designed to “teach students how to create the materials and manufacturing processes that will shape the products of the future. The purpose of NEET is to encourage students to be more hands-on and to engage in project-based classes, and that’s exactly what this thread does as it leads students from prototyping and production to product and process innovation.” Through the thread, Professor Olivetti said students will learn about additive manufacturing, powder and casting processes, and advances in soft materials processing, among other practices.