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From Consumption to Creation: A New Way to Think About Ownership in Engineering Education

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 11:49 AM

For generations, engineering education -- and education in all disciplines for that matter -- has been a consumption process. The role of the student is to sit, observe, and absorb while the instructor "pours" knowledge into eager minds. Such an...

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Four Pillars of Engineering Education Reform that Will Attract (and Graduate) More Students

(3) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 5:22 PM

Over the last few decades, much time and energy has gone toward reform efforts in engineering education. This work has yielded a great deal of insight into the relative effectiveness of different teaching approaches, and has led to calls for the adoption of experimentally validated pedagogies in STEM (science, technology,...

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A Different Kind of Diversity: The Changing Face of Engineering Education

(10) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 3:59 PM

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In the U.S. and abroad, calls abound for attracting students to engineering in high school, for providing incentives to students to complete their engineering degrees, and for increasing funding for engineering programs. Why? The argument is simple:...

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Three Habits at Three Levels for Improved Engineering Education

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 2:31 PM

Students in advanced economies today want to become anything but engineers (A.B.E.) and often choose to become lawyers, physicians, or businesspeople instead. Even those who do study engineering sometimes leave because (1) they are unable to align their aspirations with the subject matter as taught, and (2) a hostile, dismissive,...

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Below the Waterline: A Deep Dive to Rethink Engineering Education

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 12:58 PM

If we think of engineering education as an iceberg, many educators are focused on the visible part of the iceberg -- the part above the waterline. As such, they teach students the known elements of existing science, math, engineering science, etc., thus leading students on a path of "mastery of...

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Ten Steps to a Whole New Engineer and a Whole New Engineering Education: Part 2

(5) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 2:19 PM

In the first installment of this article, we discussed the ways in which engineering is increasingly not the career avenue of choice for an array of talented young people who might otherwise make terrific engineers; we suggested how this situation could be reversed by adopting a new vision of the whole...

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Ten Steps to a Whole New Engineer and a Whole New Engineering Education

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 10:38 AM

We live in a technological time. With nearly 7 billion people on the planet (and counting), we depend upon technology in almost every aspect of our lives. Billions are clothed, healed, fed, transported, connected, entertained, and employed through increasingly complex products, processes, and systems. And while technology is in one...
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Engineering Students Can Do X

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 9:42 AM

One of the many blessings in my life has been my ability to travel and help transform engineering education around the world. These experiences have given me some insight into today's engineering students and have helped me see that no matter where we live, we're not so different after all....
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