Holistic Engineering Education: Beyond Technology by Domenico Grasso, Melody Burkins

By Domenico Grasso, Melody Burkins

Holistic Engineering schooling: past Technology is a compilation of coordinated and concentrated essays from global leaders within the engineering career who're devoted to a metamorphosis of engineering schooling and perform. The participants outline a brand new and holistic method of schooling and perform that captures the creativity, interdisciplinarity, complexity, and flexibility required for the occupation to develop and really serve international wishes. With few exceptions this day, engineering scholars and pros proceed to obtain a standard, technically-based schooling and coaching utilizing curriculum versions constructed for early twentieth century production and machining. whereas this academic paradigm has served engineering good, aiding engineers create awe-inspiring machines and applied sciences for society, the coursework and expectancies of such a lot engineering courses eschew breadth and highbrow exploration to target constant technological precision and research. Why this dichotomy?

While engineering will regularly want targeted technological ability, the twenty first century innovation economic climate calls for a brand new specialist standpoint that acknowledges the price of complicated structures considering, cross-disciplinary collaborations, financial and environmental affects (sustainability), and potent verbal exchange to worldwide and neighborhood leaders, therefore permitting engineers to think about "the entire sufferer" of society's wishes. The target of this ebook is to encourage, lead, and consultant this seriously wanted transformation of engineering schooling.

"Holistic Engineering schooling: past know-how points how one can a change of engineering schooling and perform that may be sufficiently strong, versatile, and systems-oriented to satisfy the grand demanding situations of the 21st century with their ever-increasing scale, complexity, and transdisciplinary nature."

-- Charles Vest, President, nationwide Academy of Engineering; President Emeritus, MIT

"This number of essays presents compelling arguments for the necessity of an engineering schooling that prepares engineers for the issues of the 21st century. Following the nationwide Academy’s record at the Engineer of 2020, this booklet brings jointly specialists who make the case for an engineering career that appears past constructing simply cool applied sciences and extra into growing recommendations which could deal with very important difficulties to profit actual people."

-- Linda Katehi, Chancellor, college of California at Davis

"This marvelous quantity deals a provocative portrait of the interesting way forward for engineering education…A dramatically new type of engineering schooling is required that acknowledges this box as a liberal paintings, as a occupation that mixes equivalent components technical rigor and inventive design…The authors problem the subsequent iteration to engineering educators to visualize, imagine and act in new methods. "  

-- Lee S. Shulman, President Emeritus, The Carnegie starting place for the Advancement of instructing and Charles E. Ducommun Professor of schooling Emeritus, Stanford University

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Duderstadt James J. Duderstadt is President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA We live in a time of great change, an increasingly global society, driven by the exponential growth of new knowledge and knitted together by rapidly evolving information and communication technologies. It is a time of challenge and contradiction, as an ever-increasing human population threatens global sustainability; a global, knowledge-driven economy places a new premium on technological workforce skills through phenomena such as outsourcing and offshoring; governments place increasing confidence in market forces to reflect public priorities, even as new paradigms such as open-source software and open-content knowledge and learning challenge conventional free-market philosophies; and shifting geopolitical tensions are driven by the great disparity in wealth and power about the globe, manifested in the current threat to homeland security by terrorism.

Today the United States faces a crossroads, as a global knowledge economy demands a new level of knowledge, skills, and abilities on the part of all of our citizens. J. Duderstadt and affordable educational, learning, and training opportunities throughout their lives. We recommend the development of a national strategy for lifelong learning that helps all citizens understand the importance of preparing for and participating in higher education throughout their lives” (Miller, 2006). The commission believed it is time for the United States to take bold action, completing in a sense the series of these earlier federal education initiatives, by providing all American citizens with universal access to lifelong learning opportunities, thereby enabling participation in the world’s most advanced knowledge society.

Stockholm needed no new bridge and gained the concomitant benefits of reducing pollution and conserving energy. In a world where applied science and technology are available to practically anyone for a few rupees or yuan on the dollar, we have to ask ourselves, What will the US engineer have to offer that is not available in the global market for a fraction of the cost? If we decide to compete with other countries using the traditional definition of engineering, we will certainly succeed in converting engineers into a commodity.

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