According to Brinkman, students who are a part of this program will be required to figure out specific plans for how to help assist their community. Through leadership skills, these individuals will learn how to find a local need, and then find a solution.
“You have some community need, and how do we check to make sure? Street lights, for example. How does a city find out that those light bulbs have burnt out? Now there are apps where people can adopt a street light,” Brinkman said.
While Brinkman will begin meeting with admissions during the next two weeks to begin getting the word out about his new program, feedback from current students in the major has been positive.
“What Bo has suggested will help expedite the male/female group work that shocks so many students semesters later,” said senior Stephanie Chaffin, the university’s only female fourth-year electrical engineering major. “Gaining each other’s respect early on will definitely affect the success of both engineering genders in the long run.”