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Feb 14 2012

NYIT Dean Invited to the White House for Engineering Education Partnership Launch

New York, N.Y. (February 14, 2012) – NYIT’s Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences joined senior U.S. officials, engineering academic leaders, and Intel executives at the White House last week to address nationwide engineering student retention and graduation rates.

President Barack Obama pledged to the engineering deans to “use the bully pulpit to emphasize how important your work is,” adding that “everyone in this administration is four-square behind you,” according to an ASEE news release. Joining the President at the reception were Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, as well as representatives from the National Science Foundation, the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

NYIT Dean Nada Marie Anid, Ph.D., a member of the Public Policy Committee of the Engineering Deans Council of ASEE, is collaborating with the group on a nationwide effort to measure, evaluate, and celebrate excellence in retention, graduation, and diversity in engineering education. 

“The President’s endorsement will make a difference as deans from around the nation identify best practices and metrics to improve student retention with support from the private sector,” said Anid.

The event was part of a public-private partnership between Intel and the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness to address the nation’s shortage of engineers. The goal is to graduate 10,000 additional engineering graduates in the United States each year to boost competitiveness and innovation. Intel CEO Paul Ottelini, who is leading this initiative, said the private sector has raised $20 million and promises to hire 7,000 first- and second-year engineering undergraduates as summer interns, according to an ASEE news release.

From this national collaboration with the White House to a new Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center on Long Island, NYIT is working to encourage students to pursue majors and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

"Everything you touch has an engineering component," said Anid, in a cover story in Long Island Business News on the need for students in STEM. (Subscription is required.) 

For more information, watch President Obama's welcome to engineering deans in this video on the ASEE website recorded by Dr. Daryll J. Pines, farvardin professor and dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.   

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