A new international exchange agreement was signed between the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Pusan National University in the Busan province of the Republic of Korea. This agreement is yet another in the department's series of international cooperative exchanges that share faculty, research activities, mutual recognition of courses, student exchange and internships. Other international cooperative exchange programs in progress include agreements between the department's Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering and Hanyang University in Korea and also with the Technical University in Wroclaw, Poland.
The Clark School announced the creation of the new Women in Engineering Living-Learning Program made possible by a $100,000 gift by former Clark School Associate Dean Marilyn Berman Pollans, a member of the Women in Engineering board and Clark School Board of Visitors. The two-year program will be open to any freshman engineering student (male or female) with an interest in promoting gender diversity in the field of engineering. The new initiative will include a one-credit seminar course, course clustering, residential housing on a common floor in a campus dorm and resources provided in the residence hall.
The Clark School, through MTECH Ventures, offered its first executive education course, "Strategies for Managing Innovation," in January. The course provided a comprehensive strategy for building an innovation capability within an organization. Another course, "Strategic Marketing to Drive Real Results," was held June 1. MTECH Ventures' executive education courses provide technology leaders with knowledge they can apply to drive success within their organizations.
The Operations Academy, a new program presented by the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology, a research group within the Clark School's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has recently produced its first graduating class, a new cadre of 22 traffic experts from across the country who can now use an operations perspective, and operations solutions, to solve traffic problems.