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In response to integration with new science, particularly nanoscale science and biology; increased emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship to drive economic growth.
Engineering education is changing in the United States and around the world. Forces include integration with new science, particularly nano-scale science and biology; increased emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship to drive economic growth; accelerating speed, complexity and globalization of engineering functions; preparation of graduates to address the Grand Challenges; empowering a more diverse population of young American engineers; renewing a commitment to design and production; and developing new approaches to large-scale engineering systems that must engage society. As in all of higher education, there also are vast challenges such as declining financial support and equally vast opportunities such as the approaching tsunami of interactive on-line learning and massively open online courses.
What lies ahead? What are the ramifications for engineering schools? In this year’s Forum, Educating Engineers: Preparing 21st Century Leaders in the Context of New Modes of Learning, an expert panel will explore many facets of these challenges and opportunities and offer guidance on the roles and responsibilities of 21st century engineering educators.