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Engineering Themes


Armour College of Engineering is empowering students to apply their engineering skills to themes of high relevance and global impact through our new distinctive education initiative.

The IIT Engineering Themes are a group of experiences that help undergraduates explore worldwide engineering issues while completing an accredited degree in their chosen field, without modifying their degree plan.

While students are learning the fundamentals of engineering in the classroom, we give them on- and off-campus opportunities to apply their technical knowledge to the themes. These experiences bring together students from across departments and disciplines to work on a common solution.

Students can follow one or more of the themes by mixing and matching experiences based on their interests. Following a theme is not a requirement and students can pursue them at their own pace throughout their undergraduate degree.

The current IIT Engineering Themes are: Water, Health, Energy, and Security. These four themes were chosen because they are areas in which engineers can impact the entire global population and there are several ways in which each theme affects the other, making the experience even more valuable.

The Themes offer curricular and extracurricular opportunities:

  • Technical Courses, Specialized Electives & IPROs
  • Team-intensive Engineering Projects
  • Internships
  • Lecture Series, Panel Discussions & Forums
  • Interactive Problem Solving
  • Field Work & Site Visits
  • Design Projects and Competitions
  • IIT Engineering Themes Student Council with Leadership Pathways
  • Network with Students, Industry Experts & Alumni at Social Events

Get Involved

We not only engage our students, we help them stand out. IIT is the only university in the country to offer students an automated engineering portfolio. Set yourself apart with this ground-breaking opportunity.

As you take part in theme events, courses, and opportunities, our online engineering portfolio will track your progress and create an entry for each item. The end product is four years of work packaged digitally with photos, videos, write-ups and online information about the tangible experience you gained as an IIT Engineering undergraduate.

When you transition into the engineering profession, your experience and portfolio will help you articulate why being an IIT Engineer makes you unique. Use it as a supplement to your resume or as additional material for your application to graduate school.

Start Now

To take part, register and then swipe your IIT Hawk ID Card at one of the theme events hosted by Armour College of Engineering. Every engineering student is automatically approved to begin an engineering portfolio and will have online access to their entries. All you have to do is register!

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