AMD Awards Olin College of Engineering $300,000 to Support Efforts to Promote Innovation in Engineering Education

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The generous grant will support Olin’s Initiative for Innovation in Engineering Education (I2E2) - the college’s effort to promote change in engineering pedagogy; and aligns AMD with Olin’s mission of educating technological innovators and serving as a model for change in engineering education.

Olin is very excited that one of the world’s largest employers of engineers subscribes to the same educational concerns and values that we believe in, said Richard K. Miller, president of Olin College.

Olin College of Engineering announced today that AMD has awarded the school a three-year grant of $300,000 to support the Initiative for Innovation in Engineering Education (I2E2), the college’s effort to promote change in engineering pedagogy. The grant of $100,000 per year will provide operational support for I2E2’s curricular innovation workshops, custom consulting programs and other activities. The grant will begin providing funds in 2011.

The grant aligns AMD with Olin’s mission of educating technological innovators and serving as a model for change in engineering education.

“Olin is very excited that one of the world’s largest employers of engineers subscribes to the same educational concerns and values that we believe in,” said Richard K. Miller, president of Olin College. “Producing innovators to meet the global challenges of the future will require a transformation of the way engineers are taught, and this grant will provide a big boost to our efforts to catalyze change in engineering education.”

“The grant represents the priority AMD places on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and the preparation of future engineers for a global workplace,” said Chekib Akrout, senior vice president, Technology Group, AMD. “In addition to engineering skills, today’s students need a broader education to help prepare them for the global work environment and perspective needed to solve increasingly complicated and technical problems.”

Olin's I2E2 offers participatory faculty workshops and summer institutes to co-design curriculum and empower academic innovators; short- and long-term faculty exchanges to develop and deliver innovative curricula; and customized consulting to help institutions meet their innovation needs. I2E2 provides coordination, leadership and a single point of contact for both internal and external conversations aimed at fostering innovation and change in engineering education.

About Olin College
The Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering is a private undergraduate engineering college located in Needham, Mass. The College opened in 2002 and graduated its first class in 2006. Olin College’s mission is to prepare students to become exemplary engineering innovators who recognize needs, design solutions and engage in creative enterprises for the good of the world. Toward that end Olin has developed a hands-on, interdisciplinary curriculum geared toward today’s technology challenges. More information can be found at http://www.olin.edu.

About AMD
AMD is a semiconductor design innovator leading the next era of vivid digital experiences with its groundbreaking AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) that power a wide range of computing devices. AMD’s server computing products are focused on driving industry-leading cloud computing and virtualization environments. AMD’s superior graphics technologies are found in a variety of solutions ranging from game consoles, PCs to supercomputers. For more information, visit http://www.amd.com.

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