Commentary: Re-engineering Engineering Education for the Challenges of the 21st Century

"Engineering education and the profession are confronting a challenging crossroad. Some of us see it as a crisis, others, as an opportunity for positioning our community and our society for the 21st century. It would be fair to say, however, that none of us are very satisfied with the status quo and what seems to be facing us in the near term."

Thus begins a commentary by Gretar Tryggvason, head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and Diran Apelian, Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering and head of the university’s Metal Processing Institute, published in the October 2006 edition of JOM: The Member Journal of TMS (the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society).

Tryggvason and Apelian review the state of engineering education in our increasingly flat world, concluding that "the time for another major re-examination of engineering education is overdue." The essay includes recommendations for changes that will help universities educate the "entrepreneurial/enterprising engineer" who will be well suited for success in the decades ahead.

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December 7, 2006

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