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Singh Program in Networked & Social Systems Engineering (NETS)

The Singh Program in Networked & Social Systems Engineering (NETS) is an undergraduate program at the University of Pennsylvania, named after Rajendra and Neera Singh, owners of Telecom Ventures LLC. The Singhs donated $8 million to found the NETS program, described to be "the world's first undergraduate engineering curriculum for the networked economy."[1][2]

The NETS program began in 2011 and is graduating its first class in 2015. The founding directors of the program are Michael Kearns and Ali Jadbabaie.

Students receive a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Networked & Social Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science, and enrollment is currently capped at 20 students per incoming freshman class. The program was established to give undergraduates the opportunity to study network science by creating a curriculum consisting of computer science, economics, systems engineering, and sociology. Courses unique to the NETS program cover topics such as cloud computing, network theory, and algorithmic game theory.[3]

The introductory class for the major, A Networked Life, is offered on Coursera and attracted 40,000 students in its first online offering.[4]

The undergraduate program has close ties with the Warren Center for Network & Data Sciences.[5] The NETS program, in conjunction with the Warren Center, has welcomed speakers such as Alvin E. Roth, Sue Gardner, Matthew O. Jackson, Éva Tardos, and Cynthia Dwork.


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