Engineering and the Arts Collaboration

Program Overview

Arts and engineering majors now have the opportunity to collaborate through a set of courses from each college that will generate new educational opportunities and stimulate creative teamwork among engineering and art students, faculty, staff, as well as visiting artists and scholars.
 
"The engineering profession is an inherently creative endeavor in which engineers design and create new products, processes, or devices that solve problems in society and enhance the quality of life for humankind.  When engineers and artists work together they can achieve especially impressive outcomes. Engineers bring an understanding of the physical world and the conditions and 'constraints' placed by the laws of nature, while artists bring a creative vision of beauty that can enhance any project," -Alec Scranton, Dean of Engineering.
 
In this spirit, the College of Engineering has added a new general education requirement for all new undergraduate students, which icludes at least three semester hours in the creative arts.  This requirement applies to all entering first-year undergraduate students in Fall 2015. Students are able to select from a broad list of existing courses in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences during the 2015-2016 academic year and beyond.
 
In addition to this requirement, the College of Engineering has also developed a program to promote and support collaborations between artists and engineers on campus: NEXUS.  "It is the power of the collaborations between artists and engineers that has led us to create the Virginia A. Myers Nexus of Engineering and the Arts at the University of Iowa. The Nexus isn't simply a place where a few artists and engineers hang out, rather it is a creative challenge for arts and engineering students and faculty to achieve great outcomes collaborating with one another.  Creation of the Nexus is a fitting tribute to the inspiration provided by the late Virginia A. Myers, University of Iowa, Professor Emeritus in Printmaking, who I believe is both an artist and an engineer all rolled into one person,"  -Alec Scranton, Dean of Engineering. 
 

Be Creative Education Component

Arts and engineering majors now have the opportunity to collaborate through a set of courses from each college that will generate new educational opportunities and stimulate creative teamwork among engineering and arts students, faculty, staff, as well as visiting artists and scholars.  Starting in Fall 2015, new incoming students follow the new General Education Component (GEC) of the College of Engineering curriculum, which requires at least 15 semester hours of course credit.  See available courses.

Several courses have been created specifically for this component. Find them here.

Nexus Program Information

More information about this program is coming soon. 

Faculty Advisory Board

The Arts and Engineering advisory board works to accomplish goals described in the Art & Engineering Student Success proposal submitted to the Provost's Office in 2012.  In that proposal, faculty and staff from Engineering (Keri Hornbuckle and Doug Eltoft) and CLAS (Joe Kearney, Steve McGuire, and John Beldon Scott) described a three-year pilot project to engage students in using machine, wood, electronics, and metal shops. 

Find out more about the Advisory Board here. 

Student Projects

Learn about potential projects here.