Rowan U. engineering program will receive $203K grant to build safety simulations
NJ.com. By: Caitlyn Stulpin
An engineering program at Rowan University will be receiving a $203,000 federal grant from the National Science Foundation to help better prepare students for workplace safety.
On Friday, Congressman Donald Norcross announced that Rowan University's Collaborative Research: Experiential Process Safety Training for Chemical Engineers, a program that integrates computer-based simulations of digital environments to allow students to experience safety challenges first-hand, will be receiving a $203,321 federal grant. The grant is being awarded to advance chemical engineering education and help prepare students for safety in their future workplaces .
The university is partnering with Filament Games to develop the digitally immersive scenarios that will simulate real life encounters on the job.
Anthony Lowman, dean of the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering, said that this program will will create a better prepared workforce, with stronger decision-making skills.
"Preparing our future high-skilled workers for the challenges they will face on a job site is incredibly important," said Norcross in a press release. "Thanks to this NSF grant, South Jersey STEM students will be receiving top-of-the-line training that will allow them to stay safe and thrive in their chosen field and, as a result, positively influence South Jersey's economy when they join the workforce."