UConn, URI Win Navy Grant For Undersea Engineering Program

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UConn, URI Win Navy Grant for Undersea Engineering Program - UConn Today

Two of New England’s flagship universities are teaming up with the U.S. Navy to provide a new opportunity for engineering undergraduates considering careers in the Navy and undersea engineering.

The University of Connecticut and University of Rhode Island won a $1.3 million grant from the Office of Naval Research to create a community of students, faculty, government, and industry leaders that will strive to expand the Navy science and technology workforce.

The three-year grant will be divided to establish joint programs, making it possible to educate and train workers who will be a pipeline to the naval community that is vital to the economic livelihood of the region.

“Through this grant, UConn and URI are able to pursue an integrated suite of programs that leverage existing resources and complement Navy programs to educate a powerful workforce,” says Michael Accorsi, senior associate dean of UConn’s School of Engineering, and executive director of the grant. “We will be able to meet the critical need to build the next generation Naval workforce.”

As part of the coalition, UConn and URI will launch a new concentration in naval science and technology in the fall in which as many as 50 students on each campus will take seminar-style classes featuring guest speakers from local Navy contractors and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. Students will also conduct Navy-based undergraduate research and design projects; projects involving new Navy technologies and mentors from the Navy will be encouraged.
 
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Good. the school needs more hands-on experiential education. While I was there curriculum was more theory-based
 

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