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One of the most rewarding parts of my role on the Autodesk education team is the opportunity to support the next generation of designers and engineers as they prepare for the future of work. I form close relationships with educators who are helping students gain the in-demand skills for the roles of tomorrow.
Over the last five years,I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside Howard University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.I’ve ledFusion 360 workshops for students, partnered with educators on curriculum development, and ensured that students take full advantage of their free access to Autodesk’s professional-level design software.
And to build on our relationship, today,I’m honored to highlightAutodesk’s gift of $1 million for Howard University.This gift is the largest donation everfor Howard’s mechanical engineering department andis intended tohelp expand its manufacturing and making facilities, as well as its services to students. As this funding is unrestricted, university leadership canallocate the funds where they are most needed.
“Howard University is grateful to receive this donation from Autodesk in support of our Department of Mechanical Engineering. Our College of Engineering and Architecture has produced world-class engineers for more than 115 years, and this gift will allow us to strengthen and expand support for our talented students,” said Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, president of Howard University.
According to research from career and jobs websiteZippia, currently only 3.1% of mechanical engineers in the United States are Black. We know how critical it is for the workforce to reflect the diverse world we live in, and by furthering our support of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Howard University, we aim to help bolster the incredible manufacturing and engineering programming already taking place.
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