Engineering Beyond Boundaries
EB² for you, the undergraduate engineering student
Engineering Beyond Boundaries, or EB², is transforming the way we educate you. What does that mean for you? It means preparing you for the world you are entering — not the world that was. It means broadening your perspectives. It means innovative teaching. It means learning to engineer solutions to the world’s largest problems.
You will gain unique experience that can help you be a more valuable and more successful engineer. That’s the kind of engineer who can think innovatively and take the lead in solving complex challenges — for example, developing new alternative energy generation and transmission technologies, protecting and restoring our natural resources, or pioneering medical advances that improve patient care. And, you’ll be prepared to do these things in Green Bay, New York, Paris, Shanghai — or anywhere around the world.
Through this forward-thinking approach to your engineering education,
you will gain:
- Modern technical expertise in your discipline
- Critical-thinking skills
- Leadership skills
- Opportunities to interact with and to solve problems with people from many disciplines and cultures
- A broader perspective on engineering as it relates to society and culture
- An ethic of service to the engineering profession and to society
- A passion for lifelong learning
- Encouraging tomorrow’s international engineers
- College of Engineering 2013 highlights
- Engineering World Health: A small but potent student group on a mission to save lives across the globe
- UW-Madison senior wins Rhodes Scholarship
- Our global footprint
- Active, engaging education. Anywhere. And right here.
- Grad student honored for research
- From summer abroad in China, students acquire a new view of the world
Task Force Members
Education for a rapidly changing world ...
Engineering Beyond Boundaries (EB²) is a new, long-term educational transformation initiative in the College of Engineering that will encourage faculty and staff to rethink our academic culture to address important shifts, including:
Going beyond traditional engineering boundaries.
Going beyond the boundaries of the state and nation to prepare students to work and succeed in many different countries, cultures and languages.
Going beyond the boundaries of the college, with programs supporting greater connections across disciplines such as biology, medicine, business and the humanities.
Going beyond the boundaries of the classroom, with new technology and multi-media strategies that allow faculty to expand their educational approaches.
Going beyond the boundaries of conventional thinking about engineering education and recasting our content and approaches for a rapidly changing world.
The Wisconsin Idea
The initiative builds upon innovative projects that were developed by faculty and staff from fall 2005 to spring 2009 through the “2010 and Beyond Round Table.” The century-old Wisconsin Idea, which holds that the university's benefits should extend to the citizens of the state, nation, and beyond, was a guiding principle for the 2010 projects and the EB² initiative.
Engineers will play a role in solving every major challenge facing society. Yet there is no single, complex problem that will be solved exclusively by engineers. To make a difference, engineers will need to contribute to teams that are culturally and intellectually diverse.
Through EB², we hope to make that diversity come to life for our students.