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Reforming Engineering Education
June 1, 2006 Volume 36 Issue 2
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  • Thursday, June 1, 2006
    AuthorSusan A. Ambrose and Marie Norman

    When it comes to teaching, most faculty members enter the academy as “well intentioned gifted amateurs.”

    In Educating the Engineer of 2020: Adapting Engineering Education to the New Century, the authors ask, “What will or should engineering education be like today, or in the ...

  • Thursday, June 1, 2006
    AuthorJacquelyn F. Sullivan

    Engineers are packaged as problem solvers rather than creators and innovators addressing grand challenges.

    The best-intentioned diversity-recruitment initiatives by engineering colleges nationwide have had little success in increasing access to the richly textured future afforded by careers in ...

  • Thursday, June 1, 2006
    AuthorG. Wayne Clough

    Editor’s Note

    Nothing is more fundamental to the future of our nation’s engineering enterprise than attracting talented young men and women to the pursuit of an engineering degree and providing them with an education adapted for the 21st century. Sounds simple, but neither of these ...

  • Thursday, June 1, 2006
    AuthorTheodore C. Kennedy

    Like it or not, the routine, repetitive aspects of engineering are priced as commodities.

    I can’t help but notice that I am the only speaker in this section of the program without a Ph.D. I can only assume that I am a part of the diversity initiative Bill Wulf has referred to. I’m ...

  • Thursday, June 1, 2006
    AuthorLisa R. Lattuca, Patrick T. Terenzini, J. Fredericks Volkwein, and George D. Peterson

    ABET EC2000 has radically changed the evaluation of undergraduate engineering programs.

    Most engineers today are likely to recall their undergraduate years as a period of intense mathematical and theoretical study. Until the 1940s, however, the engineering curriculum at most colleges and ...

  • Thursday, June 1, 2006
    AuthorCharles M. Vest

    Engineering educators must tap into students’ passion, curiosity, engagement, and dreams.

    When I look back over my 35-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 ...

  • Thursday, June 1, 2006
    AuthorZehev Tadmor

    Science and technology are becoming a single entity and igniting a new scitech revolution.

    All engineering disciplines derive from military engineering,1 which was formalized in eighteenth-century France through the creation of technical institutes (Figure 1 - see PDF version). Inspired by the ...