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.