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Countdown to the Future ..2030...2020...2015

Event Date: August 28, 2014
Speaker: David Radcliffe
Speaker Affiliation: Kamyar Haghighi Head, School of Engineering Education, Purdue University
Time: 3:30-4:20pm
Location: ARMS B071
This seminar will preview 2014-15 academic year for the School of Engineering Education within the context of the College of Engineering’s Strategic Growth at a time of considerable change in higher education.

Topics covered will include: What did you do this summer? How do we prepare now for the unknowns of 2030? What will the School of Engineering Education be like in 2020? What are the BIG things happening this year and what are priorities for 2014-15?


Professor Radcliffe received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Queensland, and a Ph.D. in bioengineering from Strathclyde University in Scotland. His research focuses on the nature of engineering as a profession; how it is perceived and practiced, how it is learned especially outside the classroom, and how an engineering identity is shaped. Within this overall theme he has conducted research on the practice of engineering design thinking in a variety of industry settings, the creation and sharing of design knowledge in large and small firms with an emphasis on design for sustainability, engineering education as a complex system, the design and evaluation of learning environments, and on ways to foster distributed communities of research practice in engineering education. This research is intrinsically multidisciplinary and draws on methodologies from the humanities, social and behavioral sciences and involves collaboration with anthropologists, learning scientists, librarians, designers and architects.