Johns Hopkins University has become the first university partner of the NATO Innovation Hub, a community of experts that work together to tackle “NATO challenges and design solutions,” according to the Innovation Hub’s website. NATO will work directly with the Center for Leadership Education on the Innovation for Defense, or ID4, initiative.

The CLE has piloted this partnership in two courses during the fall 2019 semester: Clark Scholars Design Challenge, a 1-credit course for students in the A. James Clark Scholars Program, and Computer Science Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a cross-disciplinary course offered in conjunction with the Department of Computer Science.

JHU’s The Hub recently published an article about the partnership. In it, current sophomore Sean Glaister, a Clark Scholar, discusses the impact of the partnership on students in the class:

“A major part of this project’s value is because of the human element: we’re in constant communication with NATO and expect to form a network of contacts in order to solve the problems we encounter,” Glaister said. “Our professors teach us problem solving and organizational thinking the way that consultants do. As a whole, this project will prepare us for any other design challenges we take on in our undergraduate, graduate, or even professional careers.”

Read more about this exciting partnership at the Hub.