Dr. Jennifer Benning
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Well prepared engineers must possess skills and attitudes needed for working on multidisciplinary teams that are increasingly multicultural and global in nature. In a recent survey of employers recruiting on campus, 68% said that competence in cultural and global diversity was important for career success in their organizations.
An immersion experience in a different culture is the best way to learn to meet cross-cultural challenges in the areas of communication, values, beliefs, politics, language, and ethics. Students will gain this experience by creating and completing an engineering project in a culture that is significantly different than their own. The project will develop skills in verbal and non-verbal communication and working on a multicultural team. Earning this minor will provide evidence to employers of the ability to understand client expectations and unspoken priorities and select appropriate and indigenous technology. Students from any engineering discipline at the School of Mines may pursue a minor in global engineering by completing 18 credit hours of coursework.
The minor will more fully prepare graduates as global professionals and give graduates competitive advantages in seeking employment.
Students from any engineering discipline at the School of Mines may pursue a minor in global engineering by completing 18 credit hours of coursework as described below.