Overview Vision and Mission
Engineers are creative problem solvers and they tackle some of the biggest ones we will face in the future. They can critically analyze anything. Therefore, people with engineering degrees can contribute to society in unlimited and indeterminate ways. And yes, engineers also create new products, jobs and industries that truly grow the economy in a global fashion. Engineers create jobs through new product development, and the most innovative engineers create those products that are both unanticipated and transformational.
Some of the challenges we face include the deteriorating physical infrastructure of our nation, particularly in urban settings; the need for alternative sources of energy, renewable and clean; the ever-increasing stress on the environment due to population growth and the non-uniform distribution of key resources around the globe; providing a high quality of life for an aging population; and the need to develop technologies that are sustainable, minimizing their environmental footprint. Understanding the social framework for technological innovation will be a key asset of engineering leaders in the future. To build a sustainable world, society needs engineers who not only are innovative integrators of technological advances, and who understand the social context of their work, and are willing to embrace a leadership role to shape public opinion in favor of technically sound, socially responsible decisions for the greater good.
What will be the next hot product? Who knows? The one thing of which we can be absolutely certain is that there will be countless such products in our future, with each requiring expert engineering expertise to develop, design, and manufacture. Did we even know we needed cell phones until they were invented? Of course not.
Vision: KGCOE will lead in preparing students to meet the immediate and future needs of industry, applying research to address significant engineering challenges, and accelerating economic growth.
Mission: The mission of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering is to
- educate students to meet the immediate and future needs of industry and to support the intellectual development and growth of its graduates throughout their careers;
- perform research that is focused on providing viable solutions to the real-world problems facing our global society; and
- partner with industry to accelerate economic growth both regionally and nationally.