Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Dotterweich College of Engineering Earns HP Catalyst Leadership Grant

KINGSVILLE - January 23, 2013

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

Texas A&M University-Kingsville is one of five recipients worldwide to receive a $100,000 grant from the HP Catalyst Leadership Fund in 2012 aimed at promoting entrepreneurship related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The recent award for the project “Promoting Entrepreneurship-integrated STEM+ Learning Environments through Real World Projects, Training Workshops and Online Platform” is the second HP Catalyst grant administered by the university’s Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering. The HP Catalyst Initiative is a global social innovation program designed to develop more effective approaches to STEM and STEM-related innovation. The college received $150,000 from the initiative in 2011 to fund the development of new engineering innovation curriculum through hands-on projects using HP technology. That grant has funded the modification of several freshman courses to include new, innovative curriculum and material and the creation of Javelina Innovation Lab on-campus site located in the Engineering Complex on campus.

            Dr. Hua Li, assistant professor of industrial engineering, and Dr. Kai Jin, associate professor of industrial engineering, lead both projects. The new grant will build upon the innovation created through the first grant, this time sharing the innovation and curriculum materials with institutions across the country and globe. A&M-Kingsville will lead seven organizations from two different countries, including government agencies, a non-governmental organization, middle and high schools, community colleges and four-year universities in an effort to promote STEM-related entrepreneurship by sharing the model that A&M-Kingsville has created. Among the participating institutions are Del Mar College, Coastal Bend-South Texas STEM Coalition, Tsinghua University in China, East Carolina University, China’s Quanzhou Education Bureau and affiliated middle and high schools, and the College of Mechanical and Control Engineering in Guilin University of Technology in China.

            “Based on our experience with the Javelina Innovation Lab, we are going to share our experience and successful model and provide a small amount of funds from our HP leadership project as starting funds to help two Chinese organizations to set up a mini-Javelina Innovation Lab, so that their students will also have a chance to be paid to work on real-world engineering projects,” Li said. “For the free workshops, we are going to focus on introducing our online platform--under development--and innovative curriculum materials to promote a STEM-preneur learning environment.”

            The new grant will also fund free training workshops, dissemination of innovative curriculum materials through online platforms and help support A&M-Kingsville students conduct real-world STEM projects and explore different aspects of research.

About the HP Catalyst Initiative

The HP Catalyst Initiative created five global consortia, 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.

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