Two engineering faculty chosen for innovation, entrepreneurship project

Two engineering faculty chosen for innovation, entrepreneurship project

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David Jones (left), a professor of Biological Systems Engineering and associate dean of the College of Engineering, and Shane Farritor, professor of mechanical and materials engineering, are among the six UNL faculty and administrators who attended the Pathways to Innovation Program Jan. 14-15 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
David Jones (left), a professor of Biological Systems Engineering and associate dean of the College of Engineering, and Shane Farritor, professor of mechanical and materials engineering, are among the six UNL faculty and administrators who attended the Pathways to Innovation Program Jan. 14-15 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
Two Nebraska Engineering faculty are among the six UNL faculty and administrators chosen for a team to participate in a two-year federal program to boost innovation and entrepreneurship in undergraduate engineering education.

David Jones, a professor of Biological Systems Engineering and the associate dean of undergraduate studies in the College of Engineering, and Shane Farritor, a professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, joined the UNL team in attending the Jan. 14-15 meeting for the  Pathways to Innovation Program, held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. The UNL team, led by David Keck, director of the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management, is one of 25 from U.S. institutions that began a process to design and implement a unique plan for “a new era of engineering education that prepares students to tackle big problems and thrive in this ever-changing economy.”

The program is run by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation, or Epicenter. Funded by the National Science Foundation, Epicenter’s mission is to empower undergraduate engineering students to bring their ideas to life for the benefit of the economy and society. Epicenter is directed by Stanford and VentureWell, formerly the National Collegiate Inventors and Inventors Alliance.

UNL is part of the second cohort of universities chosen to participate in the Pathways program. An inaugural group of 12 institutions was launched in January 2014. Full story