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PostedJanuary 9, Engineering educators must tap into students' passion, curiosity, engagement, and dreams. When I look back over my plus years as an engineering educator, I realize that many things have changed remarkably, but others seem not to have changed at all.
Issues that have been with us for the past 35 years include: But for the most part, things have changed in astounding ways.
We have moved from slide rules to calculators to PCs to wireless laptops. Just think of all that implies. Looking ahead toabout 15 years, and setting goals should be a "piece of cake. There was no World Wide Web.
Cell phones and wireless communication were in the embryonic stage. The big challenge was the inability of the American manufacturing sector to compete in world markets; Japan was about to bury us economically.
The human genome had not been sequenced. There were no carbon nanotubes. Buckminster Fullerines had been around for about five years. We hadn't even begun to inflate the dot-com bubble, let alone watch it burst.
And terrorism was something that happened in other parts of the world. So predicting the future, or even setting meaningful goals, is risky, even on a scale of a mere 15 years. Years ago, I read that Gerard O'Neil of Princeton made a study of predictions of the future and found one simple constant we always underestimate the rate of technological change and overestimate the rate of social change O'Neil, That is an important lesson for engineering educators.
We educate and train the men and women who drive technological change, but we sometimes forget that they must work in a developing social, economic, and political context. Opportunity and Challenge I envy the next generation of engineering students because this is the most exciting period in human history for science and engineering.
Exponential advances in knowledge, instrumentation, communication, and computational capabilities have created mind-boggling possibilities, and students are cutting across traditional disciplinary boundaries in unprecedented ways.
Indeed, the distinction between science and engineering in some domains has been blurred to extinction, which raises some serious issues for engineering education.
As we think about the challenges ahead, it is important to remember that students are driven by passion, curiosity, engagement, and dreams. Although we cannot know exactly what they should be taught, we can focus on the environment in which they learn and the forces, ideas, inspirations, and empowering situations to which they are exposed.
Despite our best efforts to plan their education, however, to a large extent we simply wind them up, step back, and watch the amazing things they do.
This comment is in response to the article Educating Engineers for and Beyond by Charles M. "Chuck" Vest (), as based on a talk given by him on . Unlike most editing & proofreading services, we edit for everything: grammar, spelling, punctuation, idea flow, sentence structure, & more. Get started now! The hands-on learning experience taught Troop the importance of recycling, and is an example of our commitment to recycling and a more sustainable future. We’ve also worked to support efforts like the “Think Outside the Bag” Recycling Contest, hosted by the Plastics Industry Trade Association (SPI) and JASON Learning.
In the long run, making universities and engineering schools exciting, creative, adventurous, rigorous, demanding, and empowering milieus is more important than specifying curricular details.
In fact, that is my primary message. Globalization When we look to engineering in and beyond, we have to ask basic questions about future engineers who they will be, what they will do, where they will do it, why they will do it, and what this implies for engineering education in the United States and elsewhere.Donate.
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Sustainability initiatives in the library learning commons have long included paper and container recycling.
But for those libraries that allow food consumption in study and learning spaces, collection of compostable food scraps and compostable food receptacles is not yet the norm. This comment is in response to the article Educating Engineers for and Beyond by Charles M.
"Chuck" Vest (), as based on a talk given by him on . For the past five years, the City of Manassas Department of Public Works and Utilities and the Manassas City Public Schools have been ‘going green’ by championing the Go Green Initiative, a comprehensive environmental program that teaches earth-friendly behaviors and helps evaluate environmental impact.
We work in partnership with Bag2School Ltd in organising clothes collections from schools across the country to help raise funds to enable them to buy essential materials for the benefit of their children.
These campaigns also have the added benefit of educating children about the importance of recycling and make them aware of some of the facts surrounding the issue.