MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Olin College of Engineering

OlinCampus_OvalOne of the youngest members of Boston’s higher education community, Olin College of Engineering has a mission unique among engineering schools. Olin was founded in 1997 an undergraduate “lab school” to try out new ideas and catalyze broad and far-reaching change in engineering education. Olin’s innovative four-year curriculum blends engineering with liberal arts and entrepreneurship in a project-based, team-driven program in which students learn engineering by grappling with real-world problems. It is geared toward educating innovators who can fuel economic growth and tackle complex 21st century engineering challenges.

To foster a culture of innovation, Olin has no academic departments, encouraging cross-disciplinary work; faculty are hired on a contract basis, not a tenure system; and each admitted student receives a scholarship covering half the tuition costs, ensuring that Olin recruits top engineering talent. Women make up 50% of the student body, a rarity in STEM studies.

Now a top-ranked engineering school, Olin is receiving increasing recognition for its efforts to revamp engineering education. Olin graduates are recruited by top companies and graduate schools, and more than 1,000 educators from 300 institutions around the globe have visited Olin over the last few years to learn how to bring about meaningful educational change.

“Olin is becoming more of a cause than a college, and we are looking for partners to join us in our mission to transform engineering education,” says Olin President Richard K. Miller. “The business community will play a key role in our efforts, and we look forward to working with the members of the New England Council to boost our economy and advance technology innovation.”

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