As Princeton engineers solve problems related to the environment, health and security, their broader goal is to prepare students to solve problems that may not even be imagined today. In the 21st century, leaders in technical fields need grounding not only in fundamental science and engineering, but also in the humanities and social sciences. Conversely, students in non-technical fields need to understand technology and its role in society. The Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education promotes this interplay, preparing engineers and non-engineers alike for leadership in this technological age. The center supports courses, lectures, visitors and extra-curricular programs that emphasize leadership, problem-solving, collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship.
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Graduate student Vikram Pansare took top honors at the Keller Center's 9th annual Innovation Forum, Feb. 26, with his pitch for producing a "Janus particle" capable of driving advances in pharmaceuticals, electronics, oil exploration and other fields.
Mung Chiang, a noted researcher in communications networks who also is an entrepreneur and a leader in online education, has been appointed director of Princeton University's Keller Center, effective March 31.
Business leaders and Princeton University scientists gathered for a daylong meeting November 15 to explore solutions to problems of energy and the environment, including adapting to climate change, evolving the electric grid and enabling greener construction.