Dr. AnnMarie Thomas joined the St. Thomas faculty in 2006; she directs the School of Engineering’s Playful Learning Lab, co-directs the St. Thomas Center for Engineering Education, and teaches courses on machine design, engineering graphics, the design of both toys and products for an aging population, and a seminar on brain-machine interfaces. “The strength of St. Thomas is that we celebrate the design, create and ‘make’ part of engineering,” said Thomas, who also is the founding executive director of the Maker Education Initiative, where she worked to establish the national Maker Corps program.
The University of St. Thomas School of Engineering has received a $1.5 million grant from the Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund to build a Microgrid Research and Testing Center. In addition to serving as a research and educational resource, an additional goal of the center is to support and encourage companies that develop renewable and alternative sources of electric power.
This year St. Thomas’ School of Engineering’s STEPS camp celebrated the enrollment of its 3,000 camper since it first hosted the free science and engineering camp for girls 14 years ago. It also celebrated another milestone: its first Tekne Award.