These days, a mechanical engineer with an interest in cars needs to know enough computer science to program an autonomous vehicle. A biological engineer who wants to develop new tools for disease detection and prevention should be able to model and build a gut-microbiome-on-a-chip device. And anyone with an interest in climate change needs to grapple with the technical, economic, and societal aspects of low-carbon energy generation and distribution.
NEET is built entirely around “new machines and systems,” that is, machines, materials, and systems driving modern industry practices and research methods that will address societal needs of the 21st century. The program’s cross-departmental offerings, known as “threads,” give students unprecedented opportunities to immerse themselves in projects that cross disciplinary boundaries while earning a degree in their chosen major.
Students will simultaneously be awarded a NEET Certificate in their chosen thread, within the usual four years.
With contributions from faculty, students, alumni, and industry partners, and inputs through a seminal global benchmarking study, each thread enables students to effectively and efficiently learn concepts—and apply them as an expert would. In each year of the program, students focus on a project of increasing complexity within their selected thread.
In each thread, students also learn and practice cognitive approaches and skills used by successful technical professionals, such as creative thinking, systems thinking, critical thinking, and personal skills (ethics). Collectively termed the NEET Ways of Thinking, this set of cognitive approaches helps them think and learn more effectively on their own initiative throughout their lives.
Detailed information about NEET’s current threads is available here: