In JMU’s Engineering program, we believe project-based learning is of the most effective ways to learn. By immersing students in hands-on experiences beginning in year one, we ensure our students gain valuable skills and connect with the engineering profession. Being a part of the engineering community is vital for our students' success.

Real-world application: Our project-based learning allows students to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world situations. By working on actual projects with faculty and our partners, students gain valuable experience that prepares them for the challenges they will face in their future engineering careers.

Problem-solving skills: Engineering is all about solving complex problems. Students learn to identify, analyze, and devise innovative solutions to various engineering challenges through projects and research, honing their problem-solving skills.

Hands-on experience: Project-based learning provides hands-on experience, enabling students to work with actual tools, equipment, and technologies used in the industry.

Collaboration and teamwork: Our research projects involve teamwork, mirroring the collaborative environment in professional engineering settings. Students learn how to work effectively as part of a team, fostering essential interpersonal and communication skills.

Critical thinking: Engaging in research and project-based activities encourages critical thinking. Students must evaluate information, make informed decisions, and adapt their approach as they encounter new challenges.

Innovation and creativity: Projects encourage students to think creatively and develop unique solutions. This spirit of innovation is crucial in pushing the boundaries of engineering and driving progress. 

The annual Engineering xChange, held in April, is the epitome of ownership. Our students work on major projects throughout the year and proudly present their research. It's a moment of immense pride as we see our students stepping up, making a difference, and sharing their work with the world.

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