In 2017, Seattle University was selected to receive a $1.86 million Revolutionizing Engineering Departments ("RED") Grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant supports the expansion and research on SeattleU's "Engineering with Engineers" education model. Seattle University is one of only two mechanical engineering programs selected for this prestigious award.
SU's grant initiative, titled “Revolutionizing Engineering Education through Industry Immersion and a Focus on Identity,” is focused on bringing practical engineering experience to students. As students progress through the program, the department will be able to study how students’ identities change along the way in the hopes that the grant will have a positive impact on all students, including women and underrepresented minorities.
"I believe that improving the visibility and interactions across the study-to-practice gap will better prepare students for building fulfilling, impactful careers in industry, and will support faculty in their efforts to train new engineers from cohort to cohort in the context of an ever-evolving professional world."
The department’s proposal centers on creating a program where students can develop a strong identity with their chosen profession. The project leverages the department’s small size and close ties with industry to create a culture of “Engineering with Engineers.” The RED Grant funds go toward several projects, including: