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Global Outreach

"Engineering students have long been left out, because their more rigorous curricula are laden with required classes that keep them in the States. That's beginning to change at schools like Washington University in St. Louis, where deans are identifying overseas programs that won't derail science and math focused majors." - Newsweek Magazine, Sept. 19, 2011

Expanding Engineering Education Globally

With a goal of educating undergraduate students for leadership roles in an increasingly global and technological society, our engineering school was among the first to develop engineering-specific study-abroad programs, offering our students the opportunity to have an international experience through summer, semester or yearlong programs. Students can also study abroad through the College of Arts & Sciences Overseas Programs. To ensure that all students have the ability to travel abroad during their undergraduate years, regardless of financial circumstances, the school is raising funds to support its International Scholars Travel Award.

Engineering students can also gain a global perspective without traveling abroad. Many courses within the engineering curricula include topics relevant to worldwide audiences, such as global climate change. Engineering students can also participate in the university's Global Certificate program, an opportunity to develop global competence and learn practical skills through a diverse, interdisciplinary education.

The school believes strongly that recruiting international students to Washington University brings new opportunities for different contributions, including raising global awareness in classroom discussions, research projects and social interactions, and it expands the university's global reach through those who return to their home countries after receiving their education. In addition to recruitment through the McDonnell Academy, the engineering school actively recruits international students for undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs; international students composed 60 percent of the engineering school's entering doctoral students in the 2011 - 2012 academic year.






Contact for International Activities

The school's global action focuses on:

  • Expanding engineering education
  • Collaborating on innovative research

The engineering school's global outreach strategy includes two key pillars:

Global Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis

Engineering professors serving as McDonnell International Scholars Academy Ambassadors:

Pratim Biswas

Role at Washington University in St. Louis: Lucy & Stanley Lopata Professor and chairman of the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

Ambassador to: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Paul S. Min

Role at Washington University in St. Louis: associate professor of electrical and systems engineering

Ambassador to: Seoul National University

Himadri Pakrasi

Role at Washington University in St. Louis: Myron and Sonya Glassberg/Albert and Blanche Greensfelder Distinguished University Professor and Director, I-CARES

Ambassador to: Jawaharlal Nehru University

Ralph S. Quatrano

Role at Washington University in St. Louis: Spencer T. Olin Professor and dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science

Ambassador to: China Agricultural University and Peking University

Yoram Rudy

Role at Washington University in St. Louis: Fred Saigh Distinguished Professor of Engineering and director of the Cardiac Bioelectricity and Arrhythmia Center (CBAC)

Ambassador to: Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

Tao Ju

Role at Washington University in St. Louis: Associate Professor

Ambassador to: Tsinghua University

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