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EMERGE

The Entrepreneurially Minded Engineering Resource Group for Educators (EMERGE) is a community of faculty and staff who are starting or have recently started new engineering programs, departments, and colleges. If you are interested in joining, contact us at EMERGE@unc.edu.

Goals

Through workshops, dialogue, stories and collegial gatherings, the EMERGE is intended to:

  • Forge community between faculty from new and emerging engineering programs who hope to learn from and with each other.
  • Create opportunities to share and reflect on your program’s mission and values, and explore strategies to align the mission and values with your program’s implementation and culture.
  • Help participants explore and apply tools and resources to support a culture of innovation, integration, and development of an entrepreneurial mindset in students.

Who should join?

EMERGE is designed for institutional teams of at least two people who are working together on the development of your engineering program. These teams can be comprised of faculty, staff, and administrators from your institution. However, if only one person from your institution can participate, this will still be a useful experience for your program.

Upcoming Workshops

For Fall 2021, we are planning a monthly series of virtual workshops with the following formats:

Relationship & Network Building: These one-hour sessions would have a standard format of sharing successes and challenges unfolding organically from introduction questions to develop an effective program. By utilizing breakout rooms, faculty members can collaborate, problem-solve, and brainstorm ideas and solutions to better their developing program.
Capacity Building: In a more structured setting, these 90-minute sessions will focus on building capacity around themes from the Spring 2021 meetings. It includes a mixture of content delivery, individual work with frameworks, and work in cross-institutional groups. With light coaching and Olin conversation partners, participants will consider how they will incorporate these frameworks into their developing programs.

Following each of these sessions, we will have an additional (optional) 30 minutes for further conversation.

Dates:

Monday, October 4, 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET

EMERGE Relationship & Network Building

This is a one hour session, and we will stay online for an additional 30 minutes for those who are interested in continuing the conversation.

Register

Monday, November 8, 2021, 3:00 – 4:30 PM ET

EMERGE Capacity Building

This is a 90 minute session, but there will be an “off ramp” for those who need to leave after one hour.

Register

Monday, December 13, 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET

EMERGE Relationship & Network Building

This is a one hour session, and we will stay online for an additional 30 minutes for those who are interested in continuing the conversation.

Register

 

Learn more about our Olin EMERGE Facilitators here.

The department of applied physical sciences at the University of North Carolina is excited to host this gathering of new and emerging engineering programs. We are also in the process of creating a new engineering program on our campus. Our program will be an interdisciplinary engineering degree in our College of Arts and Sciences, with strong ties to the liberal arts, Innovate Carolina, and our BeAM (Be A Maker) makerspace network.

We look forward to participating in the EMERGE with all of you, while serving as the EMERGE host. It’s a fantastic opportunity to share ideas and stories as we strive to educate our students to address the engineering challenges of the future.

For more information about the entrepreneurial mindset in engineering education, visit https://engineeringunleashed.com.The EMERGE program is supported by funding from the Kern Family Foundation.For any further questions, contact EMERGE@unc.edu.