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Industry-University-Government Roundtable for Enhancing Engineering Education to Meet at WPINASA Administrator Daniel Goldin is Keynote Speaker

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/May 20, 1998
Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

Worcester, Mass. -- The future of the engineering profession and engineering education will be the topic of a workshop at WPI on May 27 and 28 when more than 100 industry, university, and government leaders from throughout the U.S. meet to discuss issues and concerns of these items. NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin will deliver the keynote address.

More than three years ago a group of industry, government and university leaders began meeting at the bequest of Boeing Company to discuss issues and concerns about the future of the engineering profession and engineering education. These initial Boeing Roundtables established a reputation both for support of strong and innovative engineering education and as an agent of change through its initiatives leading to accreditation reform. The Roundtables, now called the Industry-University-Government Roundtable for Enhancing Engineering Education (IUGREEE), will be meeting for the first time on a university campus at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Four action teams will report on:

  • Academic Programs for the Year 2010
  • Enhancing the Engineering Profession
  • Career Long Learning Mechanisms
  • Integrating Information and Computational Advances.

Roundtable organizers hope that the presentations and discussions will carry this next phase forward toward engineering practice and education for the Year 2010.

Earlier Roundtable meetings have:

  • Effectively found new ways of working together cooperatively
  • Created a common voice on what is expected from the university system to educate the future engineering workforce
  • Been instrumental in adoption and implementation of ABET's Engineering Criteria 2000, the first major change in 40 years in the way engineering programs across the U.S. are designed and delivered
  • Developed survey results of industry expectations
  • Achieved a memorandum of understanding among major industry, university, and government organizations