The Kern Family Foundation aims to “effect systemic change through partnerships to preserve private business to enable the United States to grow intellectually and economically,” Rowan said.
Its three program areas are education and character; faith, work and economics; and entrepreneurial engineering.
The money will be used to assist Rowan engineering faculty members in the Rowan Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship by providing the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Faculty Certificate Program. Faculty members will receive mini-grants toward their integration of innovation and entrepreneurship concepts within their classes.
The money will also pay for a partnership between Rowan and the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network, a partnership of 33 undergraduate engineering programs around the United States. The network’s mission is to graduate engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset so they can create personal, economic and societal value through a lifetime of meaningful work.