Dr. Donna Riley
The Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation (IEEI) hosted a virtual visit on October 9, 2020 for Dr. Donna Riley, Kamyar Haghighi Head of the School of Engineering Education and Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University.
In the early part of this century, The National Academy of Engineering laid out a vision of holistic
professional formation to enable engineers to meet the challenges of complex problems. In 2020, we find ourselves confronting multiple situations far beyond what the authors of the NAE report could have imagined – situations marked by unprecedented levels of complexity, uncertainty, conflicting values, and a lack of agreement about problem definition itself. From climate change to the coronavirus pandemic to an engineering ecosystem that is durably inequitable, engineers need an even broader set of capacities than envisioned two decades ago. Engineering education research (EER) is uniquely positioned to support the profession in rising to the challenges of our day, advancing knowledge to improve the state of the art in preparing students for these challenges, while rising to meet challenges within our own EER community.
August 28, 2020
Dr. Stephanie G. Adams
IEEI hosted Dr. Stephanie G. Adams, TAMU Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engeering ’98, Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair, Dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas, and past president of ASEE spoke on 08/28/2020 on the Future of Educating Engineers. Watch that presentation here and hear her speak on this interesting topic.
Dean Adams was invited to discuss her roles as a scholar in engineering education, and her experience as the former department head of the engineering education department at Virginia Tech University. She is a 1998 graduate of our Interdisciplinary Engineering program. She spent the day speaking to leaders of the College of Engineering, the Executive Committee of the Engineering Education Faculty, the Engineering Education Faculty, and gave a public talk on the future of engineering education (titled Educating Engineers of the Future).
Over 125 people visited with Dr. Adams or attended her talk. Her insights on what industry, government, and schools need future engineers competencies to include were very thoughtful and provoke our faculty to consider what and how we are teaching our students now.
The IEEI will host throughout the semester more education leaders to discuss the future of engineering education.
Today’s first-year college students will most likely be active in their professional roles in the year 2060. What do we, the faculty, need to do for our students now so they are successfully launched into a professional world that is hard to predict today? Download a useful outline for the presentation here.