Texas A&M University-Kingsville

A&M-Kingsville Dotterweich College of Engineering Receives HP Grant

KINGSVILLE - June 28, 2011

Contact: Adriana Garza
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

Texas A&M University-Kingsville has been awarded a grant to participate in the HP Catalyst Initiative, a global social innovation program designed to develop more effective approaches to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

The grant will be administered through the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at A&M-Kingsville.

Through the HP Catalyst Initiative, HP has invested more than $10 million since 2010 and engaged with more than 55 educational institutions in 15 countries to further innovation in STEM education. As a new member of this distinguished international network, A&M– Kingsville will join the HP Catalyst “STEM-preneur”—which focuses specifically on novel ways to combine STEM education with the skills and passion of entrepreneurship. The university will also receive a grant of HP technology, financial contributions and professional support valued at more than $150,000.

 “This grant is a great resource for us to explore how to improve STEM learning outcomes and retention of engineering majors by introducing hand-on projects, which combine STEM learning with entrepreneurship into the first two year engineering curriculum,” said Dr. Kai Jin, associate professor and interim chair of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at A&M-Kingsville. “Some of the projects will also be used in high school summer camps to expose high school students to STEM-preneur concepts and hands-on experiences. We thank HP for funding our proposal and choosing A&M-Kingsville as a new member of this distinguished international network.”  

A&M-Kingsville will use this grant to develop a new STEM-preneur learning environment through engineering innovation hands-on projects by using HP’s technology. The STEM curriculum innovation will be shared with one of the current HP consortium members, Del Mar College, and other institutions. The goal of this project is to improve STEM learning outcomes through real case engineering projects which combine the powerful STEM knowledge and innovative entrepreneurial thinking.

Dr. Stephan Nix, dean of the Dotterweich College of Engineering, said the grant will help provide valuable opportunities for students to experience new technology and develop their own sense of innovation.

“Working with HP and joining the Catalyst Initiative will have a huge impact on our students,” Nix said. “They are being given the resources to come up with new ideas, collaborate globally and challenge traditional ways of thinking. We are especially excited about how the Catalyst Initiative will assist students participating in the Javelina Innovation Lab, which provides opportunities for our students – along with local high school students – to develop unique and innovative solutions to problems posed to them by government agencies, NGO’s, and industry.  The Catalyst Initiative will indeed be a catalyst for innovation,” Nix added.

About the HP Catalyst Initiative

The HP Catalyst Initiative created five global consortia in 2010, each focusing on a specific theme focused on transforming STEM education. These “sandboxes” of innovation are developing new approaches to teacher preparation, online education, technology to measure learning outcomes, and engagement with students in global, collaborative learning experiences. In 2011, an additional 14 organizations have been funded as members in one of the five existing HP Catalyst consortia. The program also is adding a sixth theme, “STEM-preneur”.

In total, 21 organizations from 12 countries join the network of leading institutions that are transforming STEM+ teaching and learning.

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