So you want to design the next great product line or creative campaign, engineer a solution to the global water or energy crisis, start your own company or be the next entrepreneur on the cover Forbes? The College of Design, Engineering and Commerce (DEC) is for you.
Desirable, feasible, valuable ideas and the thinkers behind them are what DEC is all about.
The College offers an innovative and transdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning that provides students with the skills and knowledge to think creatively, brainstorm out-of-the-box ideas and work collaboratively to come up with innovative solutions to complex problems.
Through the integrated DEC core curriculum, students gain the added value of expertise in related fields, as well as deep discipline-specific knowledge. The program retains the core learning of each major while forging new collaborations between designers, engineers and entrepreneurs. By learning in a transdisciplinary environment, students go on to be better, more effective leaders in their professions.
The critical-thinking and creativity skills of the designer naturally combine with the analysis and problem solving skills of the engineer and the planning and project-management skills of the business professional to form a “suite of expertise” that makes them uniquely qualified to address today’s real-world problems.
By bringing design, engineering and business disciplines together, the College pushes students to think beyond the boundaries of existing academic fields and focus on innovation through teamwork, collaboration and connections with industry partners, with an emphasis on critical thinking and real-world problem solving skills.
This pioneering curriculum prepares students to excel at jobs that exist today, as well as ones that will emerge tomorrow, adapt to changes in their professions and collaborate with colleagues in other fields. Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century workplace through real-world experience working on industry-sponsored projects.