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Shaping Our World: Engineering Education for the 21st Century

Shaping Our World: Engineering Education for the 21st Century

Gretar Tryggvason, Diran Apelian

ISBN: 978-1-118-13826-7

Oct 2011

320 pages

Description

A look at engineering education today— with an eye to tomorrow

Engineering education is in flux. While it is increasingly important that engineers be innovative, entrepreneurial, collaborative, and able to work globally, there are virtually no programs that prepare students to meet these new challenges. Shaping Our World: Engineering Education for the 21st Century seeks to fill this void, exploring revolutionary approaches to the current engineering curriculum that will bring it fully up to date and prepare the next generation of would-be engineers for real and lasting professional success.

Comprised of fourteen chapters written by respected experts on engineering education, the book is divided into three parts that address the need for change in the way engineering is taught; specific innovations that have been tested, why they matter, and how they can be more broadly instituted; and the implications for further changes. Designed to aid engineering departments in their transition towards new modes of learning and leadership in engineering education, the book describes how to put into practice educational programs that are aligned with upcoming changes, such as those proposed in the NAE's Engineer of 2020 reports.

Addressing the need to change engineering education to meet the demands of the 21st century head on, Shaping Our World condenses current discussions, research, and trials regarding new methods into specific, actionable calls for change.

FOREWORD ix
Charles M. Vest

PREFACE xiii

CONTRIBUTORS xvii

PART I THE NEED AND CONTEXT 1

1. MEETING NEW CHALLENGES: TRANSFORMING ENGINEERING EDUCATION 3
Grétar Tryggvason and Diran Apelian

2. ONE WORLD: PREPARING ENGINEERS FOR THE GLOBAL ECONOMY 19
Michael J. Dolan

3. ENGINEERS: LEADERS, INNOVATORS, AND BUILDERS 27
Diran Apelian

4. HOLISTIC EDUCATION: LEARNING AND DOING IN CONTEXT 39
Dennis D. Berkey

PART II EFFECTIVE PRACTICES 53

5. IGNITION: THE GREAT PROBLEMS SEMINARS 55
Arthur C. Heinricher and Kristin Wobbe

6. GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: STUDENTS SOLVING REAL PROBLEMS AROUND THE WORLD 77
Richard F. Vaz, Natalie A. Mello, and David DiBiasio

7. FOSTERING CITIZENSHIP AND ADVOCACY THROUGH THE HUMANITIES AND ARTS 107
Svetlana Nikitina and David Spanagel

8. THE CAPSTONE PROJECT: AN INTEGRATED EXPERIENCE 123
Fred J. Looft and Yiming (Kevin) Rong

9. TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN THE INNOVATION ECONOMY 151
Curtis R. Carlson and Jerome J. Schaufeld

10. A NEW DISCIPLINE FOR A NEW CENTURY: ROBOTICS ENGINEERING 179
Michael A. Gennert, Fred J. Looft, and Grétar Tryggvason

11. GRADUATE EDUCATION FOR THE PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER 201
Richard D. Sisson and Nikolaos A. Gatsonis

12. HOLISTIC GRADUATE EDUCATION: FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING 225
Kathy A. Notarianni

PART III OUTCOMES AND IMPLICATIONS 241

13. FORTY YEARS OF OUTCOMES-BASED PROJECT CENTRIC EDUCATION: LESSONS LEARNED 243
John Orr

14. SO MUCH ACCOMPLISHED: SO MUCH TO BE DONE 265
Eli Fromm

BIOSKETCHES 283