The IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Navy to help train the next generation of engineering and computing majors who could one day develop innovative technology for the Navy. IUPUI says the funding will support a STEM-based training and leadership program.
The Navy Engineering Innovation and Leadership Training Program for Diverse STEM Peer Leadership is being implemented in partnership with Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division.
“The NEIL program will train students to be effective peer leaders who not only take charge of their own learning through research experiences, but also share their learning with others and help each other to complete their degrees successfully and on time,” said Professor Razi Nalim, executive associate dean for research and global initiatives at IUPUI. “They will become technology innovators and valuable potential employees in a variety of leadership roles for the Navy, which already employs a significant number of IUPUI engineering graduates. The skills that NEIL scholars develop will be critical for the Navy to rapidly translate disruptive technologies from the laboratory to the fleet.”
Nalim says the students will conduct Navy-priority research in IUPUI laboratories and will also assist in teaching challenging engineering and computing subjects using the Peer-Led Team Learning approach.
The Office of Naval Research, which announced the grant, says the goal of the program is to help students become adept at innovation in Navy research and development priority areas.
“The IUPUI administration and professors that created this program understand the importance of national security and the university’s role in training our future civilian scientists and engineers for service at NSWC Crane and other Navy laboratories,” said Bryan Woolsey, university liaison at NSWC Crane. “This program will develop a well-trained workforce capable of contributing to the Navy science and technology efforts that will continue to provide technologically superior equipment to the warfighter for generations to come.”