When we say convergence is an interdisciplinary approach and that Bradley is uniquely qualified to engage this kind of learning, what do we mean? One visible response is the new $100 million business and engineering complex slated to open later this summer. However, convergence goes beyond the projects that will be found in the state-of-the-art facility to pair unexpected disciplines like international studies and environmental science or dietetics and biology.
For our local community, convergence gives our students further opportunities to partner with businesses on problem-solving projects, which has the potential to impact our region significantly.
One prime example is the innovation through collaboration minor, which teaches students how to work with teams in business settings to launch new products or services.
Types of convergence activities
Student Team A and Student Team B working with External Partner supervised by Faculty Member
Faculty teams developing interdisciplinary curricula
Student team consulting with external partner supervised by faculty member
Students of multiple disciplines together to launch their own venture (no faculty member)
Student Team A working with Student Team B supervised by faculty member (no industry partner)
Student interdisciplinary team working with external partner (may be fee based – potentially staff led)
Student team working with external partner (potentially outside of their own discipline) supervised by faculty member
Student Team A and Student Team B working with external partner supervised by faculty member