At a time when higher education is trying to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs in industry, it is increasingly important to provide students with skills that go beyond traditional expectations. With its multidisciplinary courses, JMU X-Labs aims to challenge students to investigate all aspects of a problem, collaborate with industry professionals and peers from different majors, iterate ideas and welcome meaningful failure to solve real problems. Courses are shared across departments and in collaboration with experts in various fields and are available to other 4-VA universities for participation.

In 2017, one group of five JMU students solved a real national security problem for DARPA and USSOCOM in the first undergraduate Hacking 4 Defense™ (H4D) course in the nation. The solution will save people’s lives.

I wish education was more like this. It’s so much more rewarding.

Another team of JMU students developed and built a drone to photograph ancient walls in Cartagena, Colombia through The Virginia Drones Project. They developed a way to generate 3D models from the images and two of the students launched Shenandoah Valley’s first aerial data company—Canvex.

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