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“There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come” – Victor Hugo
“Except, that is, its implementation” – Shayla Rivera, ENGR[x]

Much research has gone into understanding exactly what skills are missing from current-day graduates entering the work force. A great number of companies and research groups have already adequately identified what is needed. In the Texas A&M University College of Engineering, we are doing something about it — ENGR[x].

What is ENGR[x]?
ENGR[x] is a new required course for all our undergraduate students that aims to provide them with professional skills and experiences beyond the engineering degree requirements. This better prepares our students for their professional lives. 

What does ENGR[x] mean to me as an employer?
Because of their exposure to high-impact learning experiences, our graduates will have a better understanding of the importance of critical thinking and working in teams. They will have been exposed to working with people who are different from themselves, thus enhancing their leadership and collaboration skills. They will also have an experiential understanding of the importance of effective written and verbal communication. 

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers are looking for leaders who can work as part of a team. All of the attributes of leadership, team building, effective written/verbal communication, critical thinking and diversity awareness will ensure that our graduates will not only be a solid choice technically, but also the best addition to any team environment. 

“When it comes to the types of skills and knowledge that employers feel is most important to workplace success, large majorities of employers do not feel that recent college graduates are well prepared. This is particularly the case for applying knowledge and skills in real-world settings, critical thinking skills, and written and oral communication skills — areas in which fewer than three in 10 employers think that recent college graduates are well prepared. Yet even in the areas of ethical decision-making and working with others in teams, many employers do not give graduates high marks.” – AACU report 2015

Who can I contact to learn more about ENGR[x]?
Shayla Rivera '83
ENGR[x] director | professor of practice