Leah Jamieson on the Future of Engineering Education

Posted on February 1, 2007  Comments (1)

Leah Jamieson’s address, 2007 IEEE President and dean of the Purdue Engineering school, to DesignCon 2007. (link broken by DesignCon, so removed. How are organizations that seek to have people come to them to learn how to adopt good engineering practices still failing to basic things like keeping urls live forever?).

The future of engineering education: More questions than answers by Michael Santarini:

In addition, many academics estimate that the half-life of engineering knowledge is between two to seven years, Jamieson said. “I can tell you for us at the universities, if it’s less than five or certainly less than four [years] we’re going to get scared because it means students come in as freshmen and by the time they are done, half of what we’ve done for those first couple of years may or may not be relevant?” she said. “It’s a frightening thought, and so it means we have to keep asking ourselves, what are the parts that stay relevant, so that in fact the education is current after the students graduate or at least current on the day they do graduate.”

One Response to “Leah Jamieson on the Future of Engineering Education”

  1. CuriousCat: Korean Engineering Education
    June 28th, 2007 @ 2:44 pm

    The conflict between what is being taught and what is needed in business is the subject of continuing debate globally…

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