September 2015, Volume 19, Number 4

Powerful Partnerships

Prepping for the Jobs of Tomorrow

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MDC students will have the opportunity to do advanced research in data analytics and prepare themselves for groundbreaking work in high-demand STEM fields thanks to a significant grant from the National Science Foundation through the Business Higher Education Forum.

MDC’s School of Engineering and Technology has partnered with Siemens, a global technology powerhouse, and NextEra Energy Resources, the parent company of Florida Power & Light, as part of the initiative, which includes interdisciplinary collaboration; a two-semester, mentored research experience; and a group symposium for students who complete their research projects.

“Engaging students in industry-led experiential learning is one of the most effective avenues for attracting students and retaining them in STEM and for preparing them for careers in these fields,” said Dr. Djuradj Babic, director of MDC’s School of Engineering and Technology.

Students will have access to scientists and engineers from Siemens and NextEra, who will also provide research internships; serve as corporate mentors for students conducting campus-based research projects; act as guest lecturers and advisors to the learning community; and provide case studies in addition to providing industry problems and questions for students to address.

— AMS


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