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Sept. 12: Celebration of Twin Cities Engineering

Event to celebrate collaboration between Minnesota State Mankato, 6 state colleges.

2013-09-06
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-6-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato and six state colleges will celebrate the beginning of the first full year of the Twin Cities Engineering program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Partnership Center on the campus of Normandale Community College.

“A Celebration of Collaborations: Twin Cities Engineering” will be held in the new Partnership Building on Normandale’s campus, located at France Avenue South and 98th Street in Bloomington, Minn.

The Sept. 12 celebration event will include a brief program. Attendees will also have the opportunity to explore the learning spaces, see the projects that students are working on and enjoy refreshments. For more information about the Sept. 12 celebration event at Normandale, please contact Director of Media and Public Relations Steve Geller by phone at 952-358-8954, or by email at steven.geller@normandale.edu.

Twin Cities Engineering is a collaboration between Minnesota State Mankato and Normandale Community College, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Century College, Inver Hills Community College, North Hennepin Community College and St. Paul College. It is built around project-based learning, in which students learn traditional engineering knowledge and skills by working with industry members and others on real-life design projects, with a focus on integrating technical and professional knowledge and competencies.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Integrated Engineering expanded its unique bachelor of science in engineering degree program in January with a new Twin Cities Engineering program offered on the campus of Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn.

Three years earlier (in January 2010), Minnesota State Mankato started a similar program—Iron Range Engineering—that is a partnership between Minnesota State Mankato and Itasca Community College on the campus of Mesabi Range Community and Technical College in Virginia, Minn.

Students may transfer into either the Twin Cities Engineering program or Iron Range Engineering program for the final two years of their bachelor’s degree coursework after completing two years of pre-engineering coursework elsewhere.

Both Twin Cities Engineering and Iron Range Engineering are unique in that students learn traditional engineering knowledge and skills in a project-based learning environment. At both locations, students are able to tailor their education to emphasize different engineering fields that are of most interest to them. Emphases are typically on a spectrum between what might traditionally be called mechanical engineering and electrical engineering.

Twin Cities Engineering and Iron Range Engineering students work with industry members and others on real-life design projects, with a focus on integrating technical and professional knowledge and competencies. Students have the opportunity to work on projects that matter to them, to industry and to society, from robotics and computer systems to renewable energy, mining, production systems and more.

Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Science, Engineering & Technology faculty facilitates the university’s integrated engineering program along with experts from local industry and faculty at partner colleges.

For more information about Twin Cities Engineering, contact Rebecca Bates, professor and chair of Minnesota State Mankato’s integrated engineering department. Bates can be reached by email at bates@mnsu.edu or by phone at 507-389-5587.

Additional information can be found on the Department of Integrated Engineering’s website at http://cset.mnsu.edu/ie.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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