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ICAT Playdate — Radically re-designing a large department: The ECE RED project

January 21, 2022

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The vision of the Virginia Tech Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's NSF RED grant is to transform from a department with two narrow curricular paths that attracts and produces a limited range of traditional engineers to one that draws and retains a wider pool of students and prepares them to be holistic “T-shaped” professionals  for a broader range of careers. A large part of our effort has been on shifting faculty perspectives on student needs and professional aspirations, and on opening space in the curriculum for multiple pathways to a degree so that students have greater choice in their professional preparation. In this talk, we will describe the motivation for the grant, its goals, what we've accomplished so far, what remains to be done...and a couple of things that we just didn't see coming.

RED Overview


  • Tom Martin
  • Lisa McNair
  • Luke Lester


  • January 21, 2022


  • 8:30am EDT
     Networking, Coffee, Donuts at Community Assembly, Creativity and Innovation District LLC
  • 9am EDT
     Presentation begins in the Community Assembly and 360 Online

Location: Community Assembly, Creativity and Innovation District LLC