Preparing students for the technological skill sets that will be required in tomorrow’s STEM related jobs in industry is an ongoing priority for the National Security Campus (NSC) in Kansas City, Mo. Last week, the NSC hosted a Model-Based Engineering Workshop for 32 college professors and students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to gain first-hand knowledge of the exciting opportunities and challenges engineering professionals tackle each day.
In 2012, the NNSA established a $4 million grant which launched the Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program (MSIPP). This consortium based program formed two advanced manufacturing consortiums which included 8 universities and two NNSA sites (NSC and Y-12).
This year’s students and professors were from Hampton University, Clark Atlanta University, Alabama A&M, University of District of Columbia, North Carolina A&T, Southern University New Orleans, Lincoln University, and Howard University. The Model-Based Engineering workshop helps educators incorporate 3D modeling and advanced manufacturing into their curriculum through hands-on model-based application training and an exercise for a mock rocket assembly.
Through this public and private partnership, the HBCU teachers can better shape their curriculum and advise students on what skills employers expect from engineers and scientists and the NNSA learns about the technical strengths of the participating universities, which will help future recruiting and R&D initiatives.