The 2011 Bernard M. Gordon Prize Recipient is awarded to Edward F. Crawley "for leadership, creativity, and energy in defining and guiding the CDIO (Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate) Initiative, which has been widely adopted internationally for engineering education."
The CDIO Initiative places the traditional engineering curriculum in the context of problem-solving exercises and hands-on assignments, taking students out of theoretical classroom discussions to create experiences based on the needs of engineering in the 21st Century. It has been praised by industry for developing more well-rounded graduates with a foundation in teamwork, problem solving, and product development.
Designed to be widely disseminated and shared, a feature of CDIO is that it uses an “open architecture” model, allowing it to be modified and adapted to a particular university’s needs. Schools that are part of the Initiative openly collaborate, sharing best practices and materials, and the Initiative has international reach, with over 50 universities in 25 countries participating. The Initiative holds an annual international conference and workshops throughout the year, bringing together current and potential collaborators.
To ensure uniformity CDIO outlines 12 standards to be used as a tool for program adoption, evaluation, and continuous improvement. In addition, the Initiative provides a detailed syllabus to provide a roadmap and process for establishing a program.