WEST LAFAYETTE - Purdue University plans to develop new online courses intended to further prepare undergraduates in engineering and STEM-related fields.

The project, one of only five nationwide, was announced by the National Science Foundation as part of the Production Engineering Education and Research program.

The university will receive $2 million in funding for the project, part of a $10 million gift The Boeing Co. made to the PEER program in 2018.

Purdue says the instructional courses will incorporate cutting-edge research in technical education and provide students with virtual experience in real-life situations. The project will identify key concepts students must master in the emerging technical area of model-based systems engineering.

Course materials will be divided into modules, allowing students and professionals to personalize their learning by taking the modules most important to them. The modular approach will allow students to certify their competence in areas of their choosing., according to the university.

The online courses will be made available to students at two-year colleges, undergraduates at four-year universities and working professionals.

Purdue says it will be collaborating with Ivy Tech Community College and industry partners to ensure that the courses are well aligned with both students’ degree programs and industry needs.