Exploring the realities of professional practice: Implications for engineering education
|Event Date:||January 24, 2008|
|Speaker Affiliation:||Department of Engineering Education, Purdue University|
|Contact Name:||Alice Pawley
|Open To:||Faculty, students, staff
The professional practice of engineering is changing at an ever increasing rate. Recent books such as Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind and Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat have brought to our attention as educators the fact that the skills we are developing in our students don’t necessarily match up with those required in practice. Further, skills such as sustainable design and the ability to work cross-disciplinarily, not just with other engineers, are often so new they have yet to be included in most engineering programs. How do we as engineering educators link engineering practice with engineering education? Further, how do we ensure that the skills that we are developing in our students not only are what industry want, but will allow them to operate in an ever changing future?