Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Louisiana Tech University Forges New Partnership with KEEN

by BIZ Magazine

Ruston, Louisiana – Louisiana Tech University, renowned for its immersive, entrepreneurial engineering education, is set to elevate its academic offerings through a new collaboration with the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), effective this May. Spearheaded by its esteemed College of Engineering and Science (COES), the university joins KEEN’s esteemed partnership of nearly 70 members.

Dedicated to delivering a distinctive learning experience for engineering and technology majors, COES is renowned for its signature programs such as Living with the Lab, Living with Cyber, and Research and Design Conferences. Constantly innovating, COES seeks to expand its commitment to hands-on collaborative learning, preparing students for leadership roles in the workforce.

The partnership with KEEN underscores Louisiana Tech’s commitment to engaging students both within the university and in the broader community. Louisiana Tech has a history of pioneering academic programs, including the introduction of a four-year cyber engineering degree, the establishment of a biomedical engineering program, and participation in the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenge Scholars Program, alongside offering Cyber Discovery Camps for high school students.

Integration with KEEN will amplify these educational initiatives, signaling a significant advancement in Louisiana Tech’s mission to blend traditional educational models with market-driven approaches. This collaboration places Louisiana Tech among only two institutions in the state aligned with KEEN.

Dr. Jim Henderson, President of Louisiana Tech University, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership: “Louisiana Tech has long been the school of choice for top students seeking innovative engineering programs. Partnering with KEEN will present even more opportunities for expanded experiential learning to develop engineers prepared to contribute in meaningful ways upon graduation.”

Dr. Collin Wick, Dean of the College of Engineering and Science, echoed Henderson’s sentiments: “With the help of KEEN, we continue to expand our dynamic educational model to become a destination university for Engineering and Science in the region and beyond. The efforts of Dr. Krystal Cruse and Dr. Kelly Crittenden in securing the KEEN partnership reinforce our commitment to education that reaches beyond traditional classroom boundaries to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit within our students.”

A. L. Ranen McLanahan, Program Director of The Kern Family Foundation, welcomed Louisiana Tech University to KEEN, highlighting the university’s innovative approach to engineering education: “Their innovative first-year engineering program, Living with the Lab, exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit right at the outset of the student journey and will provide a foundation to couple additional high-impact experiences throughout the rest of the curriculum, all aimed at graduating students with an entrepreneurial mindset. Joining KEEN connects them to a network of over 60 partners working toward the same goal. We look forward to the fresh perspectives and collaborative energy Louisiana Tech will bring to our community.”

About Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science:

Situated in Ruston, Louisiana, the College of Engineering and Science (COES) at Louisiana Tech University is renowned for its rigorous academics, innovative research, and for producing graduates prepared to address challenges and become leaders in the workforce. The COES promotes an integration of traditional learning with hands-on, project-based experiences, equipping students for a rapidly evolving technological landscape.

About KEEN:

The Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) is a collaboration of almost 70 universities nationwide that focuses on fostering the entrepreneurial mindset among engineering students so they can create personal, economic, and societal value through a lifetime of meaningful work.

For more information about Louisiana Tech’s role with KEEN, please visit the university’s partner page on the KEEN website.

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