Penn State University invites universities and colleges nationwide to join us for a workshop focusing on how to implement an Engineering Ambassador outreach program at your institution. This event is sponsored by
The National Science Foundation, Penn State's Electro Optics Center, and
Penn State’s College of Engineering. This exciting weekend will train a core team of students and advisors from participating institutions in the best practices, strategies, and skills necessary for establishing a successful Engineering Ambassador program. The workshop aims to provide the foundational training necessary for each institution to establish a new program in the 2012-2013 academic year. The training includes tracks for both students and program directors.
All Colleges of Engineering in the United States and surrounding territories are invited to apply for this workshop. The primary criterion for deciding upon the attendees will be the likelihood that an Engineering Ambassador program will take hold in that institution. In addition, we desire to have a range of institutions that are diverse in regard to geographic location, institution size, institution type (public or private), and make-up of the student population. Bringing students from groups under-represented in engineering is strongly encouraged.
The goal of this workshop is to provide a core team from each institution with the training necessary to successfully establish an Engineering Ambassador program in the 2012-2013 academic year. This workshop is considered to be Phase 1 of the implementation of an Engineering Ambassador national network.
In Phase 2 (2013), institutions that successfully establish the necessary foundation for a program during 2012-2013 (following participation in our August workshop) will be eligible for an on-site training workshop at their institution that will provide more detailed training for a larger group of Engineering Ambassadors. This Phase 2 workshop will also include each institution being provided with a complete set of training materials and presentations available only to partners in the Engineering Ambassadors network. These materials will enable independent continued training of new Ambassadors at your school, increased access to successful program materials and presentations, and the opportunity to be a regional leader in spreading the program to other institutions in your region in order to expand the partner institutions in the Engineering Ambassador network.
Finally, Phase 3 (2014) aims to establish an annual Engineering Ambassador network annual conference in which the partner institutions come together to share best practices, feature program successes, receive further training, and hear inspiring speakers.
View an example Engineering Ambassador school outreach presentation