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Three students involved in engineering-centric activities

What is ENGR[x]?
ENGR[x] is a new zero-credit-hour required program, populated with approved engineering-centric activities that meet the criteria of high-impact learning experiences.

Why?

It is no longer enough for an engineer to receive a core education in their field of choice. Employers all around the world demand that engineers have a comprehensive understanding of needs, whether technical or cultural. They also expect employees to have leadership and communication skills. Many colleges and universities, as well as corporations and organizations, recognize the gap between education and skills. We recognize this gap, which is why we require participation in a high-impact education experience.

We're committed to making our Aggie engineers the most sought-after candidates in the workforce. This requires going beyond the core curriculum in engineering. Our program provides skills and experiences that will enhance your engineering degree and make you more employable.

What does this mean to me?
When employers see that you graduated from the Texas A&M University College of Engineering, they will know that you possess a solid engineering educationThey will also know that you are an intelligent, action-oriented, well-balanced individual with the leadership and communications skills they need to enhance their organization. They will know this because ENGR[x] will be a part of your transcript and this will mean that you are above the grade.

Sounds good; how do I get it?
You will have the entire four years of your undergraduate studies to complete the ENGR[x] requirement. Each engineering department will provide a list of their approved high-impact engineering-centric activities from which you can choose.

Some of these activities include, but are not limited to:

    • Study abroad
    • Internship
    • Co-op experience
    • Aggies Invent
    • AggiE_Challenge
    • Engineers Without Borders
    • Leadership in student organizations
    • Undergraduate research
    • Design competitions

What do I do after I complete my activity?
Once you complete your chosen activity, you will be required to submit a meaningful self-reflection piece discussing the impact of the activity on your overall education. This can vary in format, such as a traditional written essay, a video or online blog, a series of journal entries or a short presentation. Each department will provide you with a list of accepted and approved forms for the piece. This self-reflection piece will then be evaluated by the faculty member or supervisor overseeing the activity in that department, and they will determine if you have satisfied your ENGR[x] credit.

What if I am a freshman and am not part of a department yet?
If you wish to complete your ENGR[x] requirement during your freshman year while not yet associated with a specific engineering department, you can choose from a list of high-impact activities common to all the engineering disciplines. You could also select to choose from a department-specific list, knowing, however, that you may not get into that major.

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