https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/CRETE-House.aspx601CRETE House<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/WU_D5_DIGITAL_04_2016-12-15-medres-760x428.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​Concrete is durable, inexpensive and ubiquitous. But is it sustainable?​<br/><br/>Yes, argues <a href="https://icares.wustl.edu/people/hongxi-yin/">Hongxi Yin</a>, I-CARES associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Though the manufacturing process emits carbon dioxide, those emissions are offset by the material’s longevity and unique thermal properties.<br/></p><p>“Concrete will last 100 years,” explains Yin, an internationally recognized expert on green development. It also boasts a high heat capacity, or thermal mass. On a summer afternoon, concrete walls absorb the warmth of the sun, slowing the rise of interior temperatures. On a summer evening, natural ventilation releases the heat back outside, dispersing it into the cool night air.<br/></p><p>“Ancient peoples used thermal mass, but we’ve ignored that potential,” Yin says. “If you design it well, with the right systems and insulations, you can make a net-zero-energy concrete building.”<br/></p><h3>Solar Decathlon</h3><p>Now that argument is being put to the test as students from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and the School of Engineering & Applied Science prepare for <a href="https://www.solardecathlon.gov/">Solar Decathlon 2017</a>.</p><p>Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the biennial competition challenges university teams from around the world to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. This year’s event, which takes place in Denver Oct. 5-15, will feature cutting-edge prototypes ranging from 650 to 1,000 square feet.</p><p>Winners will be selected on the basis of: design excellence and innovation; energy and water efficiency; and market potential. Each structure must be capable of running typical household functions using only global solar radiation. Any other energy sources, such as batteries or AC grid energy, must be offset by an equal or greater amount of energy produced.</p><p>At stake is $2 million in prize money.</p><p>“Architecture is about bridging the gap between concept and reality,” says faculty project architect <a href="http://www.samfoxschool.wustl.edu/portfolios/faculty/pablo_moyano">Pablo Moyano</a>, senior lecturer in architecture in the Sam Fox School, who is leading the studio with Yin and faculty project manager Ryan Abendroth. “In a typical studio, students can make impressive designs. But with Solar Decathlon, they actually have to build them.</p><p>“Students are exposed to the entire process, from conceptual design to construction and operation,” Moyano adds. “That’s a unique experience and a valuable lesson.<br/></p><h3>Team WashU</h3><p><img src="/news/PublishingImages/Hongxi-Yin-panel-construction-225x300.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin: 5px;"/>Though Denver is still six months away, <a href="https://solardecathlon.wustl.edu/">Team WashU</a> has been hard at work for nearly two years.</p><p>In fall 2015, Yin and Moyano offered the first of four semester–long studios. Students began by creating individual proposals, which gradually merged into a final design. They also investigated sustainable strategies for heating, cooling and ventilation, looking for ways to reduce and/or offset energy consumption while still maintaining a comfortable, functional space.<br/></p><p>“The trickiest part has been crystalizing four semesters’ worth of design ideas into a single project,” says Adam Goldberg, a dual master’s candidate in architecture and construction management. “So much of the design world, and architecture education, is theoretical. Solar Decathlon forces you to really grapple with every detail and connection.”</p><p>Meanwhile, computer science students, working under the direction of <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Chenyang-Lu.aspx">Chenyang Lu</a>, the Fullgraf Professor in Computer Science & Engineering, have worked to develop a custom operating system for the house. Yin and adjunct engineering professor Tim Michels co-taught a course on building energy.</p><p>In all, more than 100 graduate and undergraduate students have participated so far. The budget of about $550,000 represents a mix of university contributions, external fundraising and industry sponsorships.</p><p>“This is a research project,” Yin says. “Our challenge is not to deliver one building. Our challenge is to create a transdisciplinary framework that will improve efficiency throughout the industry.</p><p>“Buildings account for up to 40 percent of energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions worldwide,” Yin adds. “To conquer global warming, we have to find ways of dealing with buildings in the most natural, most affordable ways possible.”<br/></p><h3>CRETE House</h3><p><img src="/news/PublishingImages/WashU%20Engineering%20Solar%20Decathlon.jpg?RenditionID=1" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin: 5px;"/>Many of this year’s Solar Decathlon entrants draw from a similar palette of design ideas: solar panels, green roofs, flexible floorplans and sophisticated monitoring abound. Virtually all rely on light-frame wood or steel construction.</p><p>CRETE House, the entry by Team WashU, stands in marked contrast. The 995-square-foot structure, which will eventually serve as a long-term residence for scientists at <a href="http://www.tyson.wustl.edu/">Tyson Research Center</a>, will be built from six large precast concrete panels. Oversized gutters will provide shade support, extending the living space outdoors. A water collection system and series of modular planters will support hydroponic gardening.</p><p>“Concrete has a lot of upsides,” Moyano says. “It’s resistant to fire, humidity, mold and insects. It’s resistant to extreme weather, such as hurricanes and tornados. It’s durable. The main downside is weight. Concrete is heavy.”</p><p>To counteract that weight, students have worked with the Precast/Prestress Concrete Institute — particularly its Midwest, Mountain States, Central Region and Illinois & Wisconsin affiliates — to design and cast <a href="http://www.pci.org/design_resources/about_precast/walls/">sandwich panels</a> using <a href="http://www.ductal.com/en">Ductal</a>, a new, high-performance mixture. “Ductal is six times stronger than regular concrete,” Moyano says. “This allows us to create panels that are thinner and about 30% lighter than standard precast concrete.”</p><p>Perhaps most strikingly, the house does not contain a traditional HVAC system. Instead — capitalizing on concrete’s high thermal mass — the house is primarily warmed and cooled by water coils embedded within the panels.</p><p>“It’s a hydraulic system,” Yin says. “The thermal mass radiates a uniform, comfortable temperature.”</p><p>In the coming weeks, students will begin assembling CRETE House at Washington University’s North Campus, and will spend much of the summer refining and testing its systems. Then, in late August, they will take the house apart, ship it to Denver and assemble it again for the competition.</p><p>“Solar Decathlon is a big challenge, but also a great educational tool,” Yin concludes. “Students integrate cutting-edge architectural research with structural engineering, electrical engineering, manufacturing, computer science and biology.</p><p>“But the larger goal is to prepare students to face the future. How do we serve the community? How do we increase efficiency?  And how do we help to solve global warming and environmental issues?”<br/></p><div><a href="https://www.solardecathlon.gov/"><img src="/news/PublishingImages/WashU%20Engineers%20Solar%20Decalthlon.gif" alt="" style="margin: 5px;"/></a><br/></div><div class="cstm-section"><h3>Mission: Create a More Sustainable Future<br/></h3><ul><li> <a href="https://solardecathlon.wustl.edu/" style="font-size: 1em; background-color: #ffffff;">WashU Team Website</a><a href="https://solardecathlon.wustl.edu/"><br/></a></li><li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/WashUSolarDecathlon/">Facebook</a><br/></li><li> <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamWashUSolar" style="font-size: 1em; background-color: #ffffff;">@TeamWashUSolar</a><br/></li><li> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SD2017?src=hash">#SD2017</a><br/></li></ul><p></p></div>A water collection system and series of modular planters support hydroponic gardening. (Image: Team WashU)By Liam Otten and Beth Millerhttps://source.wustl.edu/2017/04/concrete-house/2017-04-07T05:00:00ZConcrete is durable, inexpensive and ubiquitous. But is it sustainable?<p><span style="font-size: 1.05em;">Sam Fox School teams with Engineering & Applied Science for 2017 Solar Decathlon</span></p>
https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/WashU-Engineering-offers-new-masters-in-health-care-operational-excellence.aspx587WashU Engineering offers new master’s in health care operational excellence<p>The School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis is offering a new master's degree that will use engineering principles to dramatically improve health-care operations. <br/></p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/washu%20engineers%20health%20care%20operational%20excellence.JPG?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>The <a href="https://sever.wustl.edu/degreeprograms/healthcare-operational-excellence/Pages/default.aspx">Master of Health Care Operational Excellence</a> will equip leaders in health care and health-care management to improve the quality and efficiency of the U.S. health-care system using engineering systems processes. The degree, which will launch in Fall 2017, is designed for health-care management and staff both within hospitals and clinics, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, lab technicians, imaging professionals, and in environmental services and facilities, and food service and nutrition, as well as operations managers and process improvement engineers. In addition, engineers and managers with experience in performance improvement in other professions outside of health care will benefit from learning the systems, tools and change management that are unique to the health-care environment. </p><p>Ultimately, graduates of the program would design systems that would improve patient experience and satisfaction, reduce costs of providing quality health care and save lives, said Aaron Bobick, dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science and the James M. McKelvey Professor.</p><p>"Accompanying the ever-expanding capabilities of medicine has been an immense increase in the complexity of health-care delivery in the United States," said Aaron F. Bobick, dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science and the James M. McKelvey Professor. "Health care is one of the leading industries in the St. Louis area, and there is a high demand for professionals who can make the health-care system both more effective and more efficient. This program takes advantage of the School of Engineering & Applied Science's expertise in engineering-based systems analysis and modeling to prepare these professionals to continue St. Louis' place as a national health-care leader." </p><p>Ed Borbely, associate dean and executive director of professional education in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, said the program applies the systems and tools that have been refined in other sectors, such as air transportation and manufacturing, to health care. </p><blockquote>"Breakthroughs of systemic health-system improvement and cultural transformation will come from combining health-care expertise with industrial engineering, performance improvement and systems safety," Borbely said. "This will be the first program in the country that is developed with and for health-care professionals learning to apply engineering principals in their work." </blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/news/PublishingImages/op-ex-graphic.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-5" alt="" style="margin: 5px;"/></p><p style="text-align: left;">The 30-hour program will teach students to apply analysis and improvement methods from industrial engineering and engineering management to their own operations in health-care. <br/></p><p>"Implementing performance-improvement methods could reduce medical errors and ensure smooth processes from food service to filling prescriptions to operating room preparation to clinic visits," said Lisa Olenski, program director and executive director of transformation support for BJC HealthCare's Center for Clinical Excellence.</p><p>"All of the students will learn the principles and science of process analysis and optimization in health-care environments, and master the systems, tools and approaches to leadership that enable a culture of continuous systemic improvement and operational excellence," Olenski said.</p><p>Students will take 24 hours of core courses, including Lean Healthcare Concepts, Tools and Lean Management Systems; Six Sigma Concepts and Tools, and Project Management Fundamentals; six hours of electives; and complete a capstone project. Some courses will come from the Systems Integration and Project Management degree programs in the <a href="https://sever.wustl.edu/Pages/default.aspx">Henry Edwin Sever Institute</a> in the <a href="/Pages/home.aspx">School of Engineering & Applied Science</a>. Faculty will include instructors from the Henry Edwin Sever Institute in the School of Engineering & Applied Science and experienced engineering and health-care professionals from the community. </p><p>For more information or to apply, visit <a href="https://sever.wustl.edu/degreeprograms/healthcare-operational-excellence/Pages/default.aspx">opex.wustl.edu.</a><br/></p><p> <br/></p> <span><hr/></span> <p>The School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis focuses intellectual efforts through a new convergence paradigm and builds on strengths, particularly as applied to medicine and health, energy and environment, entrepreneurship and security. With 90 tenured/tenure-track and 40 additional full-time faculty, 1,200 undergraduate students, 1,200 graduate students and 21,000 alumni, we are working to leverage our partnerships with academic and industry partners — across disciplines and across the world — to contribute to solving the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.<br/></p><p>​</p><div class="cstm-section"><h3>Improving Medicine & Health<br/></h3><div> <strong></strong></div><p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>"This will be the first program in the country that is developed with and for health-care professionals learning to apply engineering principals in their work."</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;">- Ed Borbely, associate dean and executive director of professional education<br/></p></div><br/>The Master of Health Care Operational Excellence will equip leaders in health care and health-care management to improve the quality and efficiency of the U.S. health-care system using engineering systems processes.Beth Miller 2017-03-20T05:00:00ZThe Master of Health Care Operational Excellence will equip leaders in health care and health-care management to improve the quality and efficiency of the U.S. health-care system using engineering systems processes.
https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Ozzie-Lomax.aspx576Lomax named interim director of professional programs<p>​Ozzie Lomax, an adjunct instructor in the Henry Edwin Sever Institute, has been named the institute’s interim director of professional programs.</p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Ozzie%20Lomax.jpg?RenditionID=2" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>Lomax also teaches in the Professional Education Technology & Leadership Center. He will continue to teach during the six-month interim role.</p><p style="color: #000000; font-family: "times new roman"; font-size: medium;"></p><p>Lomax brings talent and experience as an executive, teacher and community leader to the part-time interim role, in which he will work closely with Ed Borbely, associate dean and executive director of professional education, on strategic direction for non-credit programs; foster and manage relationships with industry and government organizations to identify and meet needs for customized programs; manage business development; and lead efforts for the implementation, growth, and quality of these programs.</p>Ozzie Lomax2017-01-04T06:00:00ZLomax brings talent and experience as an executive, teacher and community leader to the part-time interim role, in which he will work closely with Ed Borbely, associate dean and executive director of professional education.
https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Amanda-Albrecht.aspx554Young alumni profile: Amanda Albrecht<p>​When Amanda Albrecht first came to Washington University in St. Louis, she thought she would stay for four years then get a job. But learning that four years isn't always enough and a campus construction project changed everything.</p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/AmandaAlbrecht.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>Albrecht's experience as a work-study student in a biology lab showed her that graduate school was necessary for a career in the field. At the same time, she was fascinated by the construction of a new residence hall on the South Forty. A talk with Kevin Truman, chair of the Department of Civil Engineering, sold her on changing her major to civil engineering. Working summers and part-time through the school year at a construction firm confirmed her choice, and she was prepared to graduate in May 2002. </p><p>"WashU helped me to be open and comfortable with different possibilities in my life," said Albrecht, who is now an assistant professor and program chair of construction management at the University of Cincinnati (UC). </p><blockquote>"When you're 18 or 19, you feel pressure to stay on the path you've chosen, and to switch off of that path is a major decision. Having someone like Professor Truman to talk with made me more willing to think outside of the path that I was on and helped me decide to switch over to civil engineering." </blockquote> <p>One autumn day during Albrecht's senior year, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks changed the nation's economy and halted new construction projects, making jobs in the field scarce. Albrecht adapted by staying at WashU for another year to earn a master's degree in construction management before taking a job with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and later with a construction firm in Cincinnati. </p><p>When yet another economic downturn put construction on hold, Albrecht decided to change paths again and earn a law degree at UC in 2010. Her education in engineering and experience in construction management led her to practice at a large Cincinnati law firm, where she handled construction-related litigation. While practicing full-time, Albrecht accepted an invitation to teach a night class 
at UC as an adjunct instructor. That decision ultimately opened the door to yet another opportunity to change paths and led to her current position at UC's College of Engineering & Applied Science. </p><p>Now, Albrecht uses her unique experience in construction management and law to teach six courses a year, advise student groups and competition teams and administer the construction management program, while also maintaining a part-time law practice. </p><p>"I am involved in a lot of the industry groups in Cincinnati, and I try to connect my students with the opportunities those groups provide," she says. </p><p>Albrecht encourages her students to be more involved to show them there is more to college than grades. </p><p>"When I was at WashU, I was really focused on grades, and I didn't take advantage of other opportunities, like getting leadership positions with student groups and competitions," she says. "That's a regret that I have. I tell my students, 'Take a B+ in my class instead of an A+ and go get involved in something. You'll be a better person for it, you'll be more well-rounded, you'll be interesting in your interviews, and you'll open up more opportunities than if you're a straight-A student with nothing else to talk about." </p><p>​</p><p><br/></p> <span> <div class="cstm-section"><h3>Amanda Albrecht</h3><div> <strong></strong></div><div><ul><li>BS, Civil Engineering, 2002</li><li>MS, <a href="https://sever.wustl.edu/degreeprograms/construction-management/Pages/default.aspx">Construction Management</a>, 2003</li><li>JD, University of Cincinnati, 2010</li></ul></div></div></span><p> <br/> </p> <span> <div class="cstm-section"><h3>WashU Women & Engineering</h3><div> <strong></strong></div><div style="text-align: center;">Women & Engineering was established as an organization for engineering alumnae from Washington University in St. Louis to support each other; inspire and mentor our women students; and help shape the School of Engineering & Applied Science.</div><div style="text-align: center;"> <br/> </div><div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 1em;"> <a href="/alumni/programs-events/Pages/women-engineering.aspx">>> Read more & get involved</a></span></div></div></span> Amanda Albrecht (Photo by Joe Fuqua)Beth Miller2016-12-28T06:00:00ZAmanda Albrecht uses her unique experience in construction management and law to teach at the University of Cincinnati and maintain a part-time law practice.
https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/From-the-ditch-to-the-boardroom-Joint-Program-instructor-Wilsons-big-day.aspx527From the ditch to the boardroom<p>Joint Program instructor Wilson’s big day</p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/IMG_9881.JPG?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​​Frank Wilson, an adjunct professor in the University of Missouri-St. Louis/Washington University in St. Louis Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program, had one of the best days of his life Oct. 5 when the City of St. Louis proclaimed the day "Big Frank Wilson Day." But an event that occurred two weeks prior is what changed his life.</p><p>Wilson, chief executive of BFW Contractors, was fishing with his two children and some friends Sept. 24 in the Mississippi River when the boat sank. All of the occupants were wearing lifejackets, but they drifted and floated in the water for nearly two hours in the dark before being rescued. </p><p>"All I could think about was that I had my kids out there, and I might lose the most important things in my life," he said at the recognition ceremony held in the School of Engineering & Applied Science Oct. 5. "All of a sudden, all that is important came to light. I'm grasping my children, praying to God to help us find a way out and to find safety."</p><p>Once rescued, Wilson had a new outlook on his life. </p><p>"I have a whole new appreciation and heartfelt respect for my family, for life and the amazingness of God," he said. "I was thinking about my life, and through that reflection, I think about all these things I've set out to do. It was very similar to that moment in the river. I didn't know where I was going, but I knew I had places to go."</p><p>Wilson began teaching in the UMSL/WashU Joint Program in 2011. Three years ago, he started his own construction company, BFW Contractors. Through his company, he provides construction management, general labor and demolition services. In addition, he provides education and workforce development initiatives and​ advocates for minority participation in construction. He is a member of the National Construction Leadership Council Steering Committee of the Associated General Contractors of America, and serves on the board of Rainbow Village, an organization that provides homes for people with developmental disabilities in St. Louis. In 2013, he was named among the St. Louis Business Journal's 40 Under 40, and he was a member of the FOCUS-Leadership St. Louis Program Class of 2013-14. He has been a board member of the EAGLE Endeavor College Preparatory Charter School and of the Marian Middle School. </p><p>BFW Contractors is establishing ties with the university through various activities. In the summer of 2016, the company was one of the contractors working on the demolition of the interior of Bryan Hall. In addition, BFW plans to partner with WashU in some its community workforce development initiatives, Wilson said.  </p><p>Wilson earned a bachelor's degree at Albany State University in Georgia and played on the school's football team. He worked for several years in construction as a laborer, digging 60-foot ditches at construction sites. However, he wanted to get into a leadership position and learn more about construction management, but was unable to find an opportunity. Then he found the Master of Construction Management program in the Professional Education program in the School of Engineering & Applied Science and earned the degree in 2010.</p><p>"As I look at the journey that I've been privileged to be a part of and to witness, I see a guy who has taken the next step," said Steve Bannes, program director of the Master of Construction Management program. "In everything Frank has done, he's done with a high degree of integrity, and he's never lost that sense of giving back."</p><p> </p><span><hr/></span><p>The School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis focuses intellectual efforts through a new convergence paradigm and builds on strengths, particularly as applied to medicine and health, energy and environment, entrepreneurship and security. With 88 tenured/tenure-track and 40 additional full-time faculty, 1,200 undergraduate students, 1,200 graduate students and 23,000 alumni, we are working to leverage our partnerships with academic and industry partners — across disciplines and across the world — to contribute to solving the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.​</p><p>​​</p><span><div class="cstm-section"><h3>Media Coverage​</h3><div>Fox 2 St. Louis (Video): <a href="http://fox2now.com/2016/10/06/st-louis-man-grateful-for-near-death-experience-helps-youth-receives-high-honors/">St. Louis man grateful for near death experience helps youth, receives high honors​</a></div></div></span>Beth Miller 2016-10-27T05:00:00ZWilson began teaching in the UMSL/WashU Joint Program in 2011. Three years ago, he started his own construction company, BFW Contractors.
https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/WashU-hosts-regional-STEM-summit.aspx463WashU hosts regional STEM summit<p>​St. Louis area employers are looking for a workforce well versed in technology for currently available jobs and those in the future. To meet that need, educators are working to nurture interest in STEM education from the earliest ages. ​</p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/MasterCard%20interns%20at%20STEM%20event.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​​​​To discuss the state of STEM education and initiatives in the St. Louis area, about 80 educators and people in business gathered June 22 at Washington University in St. Louis at a panel hosted by the <a href="http://tlcenter.wustl.edu/index.jsp">WashU Technology & Leadership Center</a> and the <a href="http://schoolpartnership.wustl.edu/">Institute for School Partnership​</a>. ​</p><p>"What we learned is that there are a lot of good things going on, but from a community perspective, they aren't really visible, and it's hard to coordinate them," says Johnnie Foster, director of the Technology & Leadership Center. "But there is progress being made." </p><p>Foster says participants spoke of a need for regional coordination or clea​ringhouse of STEM activities as well as mentoring and coaching opportunities for students of all ages with an interest in STEM.</p><div style="float: left; width: 370px; border: 1px solid #999999; margin: 0px 20px 20px 0px;"> <iframe width="370" height="70" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nSLc_8e6hlM?rel=0&showinfo=0" frameborder="0"></iframe> Listen to audio about the event​</div><p>The panel is the latest in WashU Engineering's regional leadership in STEM education. <a href="/news/Pages/WashU-expands-partnership-with-LaunchCode-for-Summer-of-Code-.aspx">Most recently, WashU has teamed with LaunchCode, a nonprofit startup cofounded by WashU Engineering alumnus Jim McKelvey to provide free coding courses that prepare people for a career in technology.</a> This summer, LaunchCode is holding a course on WashU's Danforth Campus and using curriculum designed by Ron Cytron, professor of computer science & engineering. </p><p> Perhaps the longest-standing partnership for regional STEM education is the <a href="/our-school/why-wash-u-engineering/partnerships/Pages/umsl-wash-u-joint-undergraduate-engineering-program.aspx">University of Missouri-St. Louis/Washington Univ​ersity Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program​</a>, which began in 1993 and offers a bachelor's degree in civil, electrical or mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri. The upper-division engineering courses are offered in the evenings and on Saturdays on the WashU campus and are taught by WashU faculty, allowing students to co-op during the day at local engineering firms. In its first 20 years, the program graduated nearly 650 students. </p><p>WashU students studying in STEM fields have the opportunity to put their education into practice through research partnerships with well-established companies. Students also have ample opportunities to work in entrepreneurial partnerships with local startups as well as launch their own companies through various competitions, including <a href="/current-students/outside-classroom/discovery-competition/Pages/default.aspx">the Discovery Competition in the School of Engineering & Applied Science;​</a> the Skandalaris Center Cup and the Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition (SEIC), sponsored by the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and local competitions such as Arch Grants. </p><p>Many student organizations also volunteer in the community to promote STEM among local K-12 schools and independent programs. The National Society of Black Entrepreneurs (NSBE), the Society for Women Engineers (SWE) and TESLA all work within local schools and with other groups, such as the Girl Scouts, to share STEM throughout the St. Louis area, while Engineers Without Borders works to share STEM worldwide. </p><p>The Institute for School Partnership recently joined 100Kin10, a national network coordinating and accelerating efforts to bring 100,000 new excellent science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers into schools by 2021. As a part of 100Kin10, the ISP will double the number of K-12 teachers and educators involved in STEM professional development programs between 2016 and 2020 by expanding its current programs locally and designing two new national initiatives for K-8 teachers. </p><p>​</p> <span> <hr/></span> <p>The School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis focuses intellectual efforts through a new convergence paradigm and builds on strengths, particularly as applied to medicine and health, energy and environment, entrepreneurship and security. With 88 tenured/tenure-track and 40 additional full-time faculty, 1,300 undergraduate students, more than 900 graduate students and more than 23,000 alumni, we are working to leverage our partnerships with academic and industry partners — across disciplines and across the world — to contribute to solving the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.​</p><p>​​​</p> <span> <div class="cstm-section"><h3>June 22 STEM Panel</h3><div> <strong></strong></div><div><ul style="line-height: 25.6px;"><li><strong>Pamela Jackson, </strong>vice president of technology, Emerson</li><li><strong>Brian Crouse,</strong> vice president of education, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry</li><li><strong>Kelvin Carter, </strong>Career and Technical Education, St. Louis Public Schools</li><li><strong>Stephen White,</strong> dean, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley</li><li><strong>Victoria May</strong> (moderator), Assistant Dean, Executive Director, Washington University in St. Louis Institute for School Partnership​​</li></ul></div></div></span>Panel attendees included interns from MasterCard's Operations & Technology Headquarters. Photo credit: @sidranaseer2016-06-27T05:00:00ZThe panel is the latest in WashU Engineering's regional leadership in STEM education. Most recently, WashU has teamed with LaunchCode, a nonprofit startup to provide free coding courses that prepare people for a career in technology.

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