The Case for Distinctly Different Research & Graduate Education at Montana Technological University
Dr. Angela Lueking joined Montana Technological University as the vice chancellor for research and dean of the graduate school in August.
Dr. Lueking sees research growth at Montana Tech as a means to promote a culture of innovation, experiential learning, problem-finding, and creative problem-solving. These components are a critical part of the overall Montana Technological University strategic plan.
Moreover, Dr. Lueking sees Montana Tech’s unique convergent graduate programs as a strategic advantage in delivering results to outside stakeholders. Convergence is an approach to problem-solving that merges perspectives and ideas from multiple disciplines.
Lueking shares, “Whereas my own graduate studies in environmental engineering were largely academic, graduate students at Montana Tech have a real-world “moonshot” science and engineering challenge in their own backyard. Students at Montana Tech are bringing cutting-edge 21st Century technology to longstanding environmental, health, and engineering challenges. This is a truly trans-disciplinary endeavor, the local/regional impacts are immediate, and implementation of these new technologies by Tech students will inform national debate around mineral needs for clean energy. This is truly an exciting time to be at Montana Tech.”
To grow research opportunities Dr. Lueking plans to revisit the incentive structure for conducting research at Montana Tech, develop new modes of graduate course delivery with a focus on expanding delivery to adult-learners and working professionals, and to build external partnerships that will lower the financial entry point for faculty and student participation in the graduate program at Montana Tech. A focus for Lueking in year 1 is the fledgling Earth and Science PhD program, an increased yield in converting graduate student applicants to enrolled students, an accelerated masters program, and exploring stackable graduate certificates that cater to working professionals.
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