As you may already be aware, the Fulton Schools of Engineering is beginning the planning process for an innovative new school into FSE structure and will be reimagining two other schools — the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering and The Polytechnic School. This proposed new school will be focused on the future of work, industry 4.0, human-machine teaming and systems engineering and will be based on the Polytechnic campus. This is an important development in the evolution of the Fulton Schools and plays a critical role in how we are collectively working together to meet emerging societal needs.
The proposed restructuring will create new and more opportunities for student and faculty advancement through broader collaborative learning and research experiences and elevate our program nationally and internationally. Part of the proposal includes transitioning the industrial engineering and engineering management programs, currently in CIDSE, into the newly proposed school.
While our goal is to implement for Fall 2021, no changes to teaching schedules will occur for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year. The Fulton Schools is following Arizona State University’s process for establishing new organizational units within the university and details of the proposal continue to be finalized.
We are dedicated to engaging with affected parties in the early stages of this process; thus you are learning about these developments as specifics regarding the new school structure continue to be sorted out. We understand there are questions about how these changes impact students and their educational and research experiences, and we are committed to keeping student, faculty and program interests at heart and will keep those affected apprised of developments throughout this process.
We hope you understand that despite any changes on the horizon, our goal is to help you be successful in your degree program and to provide experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom. Our reputation for producing career-ready, impact-oriented graduates who are willing and eager to take on the world’s greatest challenges is one of the reasons FSE is a leader in engineering education and research. So, as we continue along this path, we want to ensure that we are evolving our structure in ways that will not only allow for sustained growth but will position FSE to make the greatest possible impacts and prepare you to succeed at the highest levels of your discipline.
As developments unfold during this important transition, we look forward to keeping you in the loop.