Engineering 2015: Engineering for Silicon Valley and a Better World
During a two-year period (2009-2011) the Engineering 2015 Task Force held seven open forums as well as 20 team meetings with faculty, chairs, staff, students, and industry representatives. It designed and distributed surveys, receiving 210 responses from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and employers. With this input, the Task Force established three strategic priorities as the heart of the Engineering 2015 Plan:
A. Strengthening Educational Excellence
To achieve these goals, the following programs will be initiated:
- Inclusive Excellence from outreach to graduation
- Excellence in the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
- Global Education and Social Responsibilities
B. Enhancing Faculty and Staff Excellence
It is critical that the College provide support to faculty and staff for them to advance the College’s goals. To this end, the College has initiated three programs:
- Junior Professorship Program (JPP) – to support junior faculty in their early years to build a foundation for a career as an excellent teacher-scholar at SJSU
- Faculty Excellence Program (FEP) – to provide recognition and resources to faculty who have established an excellent record of achievements in teaching/learning, research, and service
- Staff Professional Development Program
C. Leveraging Silicon Valley Connections for Learning and Research
We want to expand and strengthen these connections that enable faculty and students to work on Silicon Valley’s cutting-edge projects in a more systematic way. We therefore will start a Silicon Valley Capstone initiative in which a multidisciplinary team of students and faculty work on projects sponsored by companies. These projects could be part of students’ senior and master projects.
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