Educating Engineers for 2020 and Beyond

Posted on January 22, 2007  Comments (2)

Educating Engineers for 2020 and Beyond by Charles M. Vest, President Emeritus, MIT Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering (nominated to become the President of the National Academy of Engineering, with a term starting in July 2007). A 70 minute videocast:

To prepare this new generation, engineering schools should focus on creating an environment that provides inspiration. In the long run, offering “exciting, creative adventures, rigorous, demanding and empowering milieus is more important than specifying details of the curriculum,” says Vest. Students are “driven by passion, curiosity, engagement and dreams.” Give them opportunities to discover and do – to participate in research teams, perform challenging work in industry, gain professional experience in other countries. Vest says, “We must ensure the best and brightest become engineers of 2020 and beyond. We can’t afford to fail.”

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2 Responses to “Educating Engineers for 2020 and Beyond”

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    January 29th, 2007 @ 5:03 pm

    “The engineering education establishment should participate in efforts to improve public understanding of engineering and the technology literacy of the public and efforts to improve math, science and engineering education at the K-12 level…”

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