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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Engineering professor Sigrid Adriaenssens and visual arts professor Joe Scanlan invented a course to nudge students beyond their comfort zones at the boundary of art and engineering.
Cyanide might not seem like the obvious solution to cleaning up water, but as Christina Chang discovered in her junior year at Princeton, the chemical could have significant impact on both pollution cleanup and water purification.