Student competitions were once considered purely extracurricular activities. Today, recognition of the value they bring to both academia and industry has turned them into important vehicles for educating tomorrow’s engineers. Competitions help educational institutions attract and retain motivated students and enable those students to solve real-world engineering problems while developing skills in collaboration, time management, and leadership. Competition veterans become employees who can be productive on the job from day one.
By Liz Callanan, The MathWorks
This article was published in The MathWorks News & Notes, 2009