Dave Goldberg, emeritus professor at University of Illinois, teamed up a few years ago with Mark Sommerville of Olin College on a ground-breaking book, A Whole New Engineer. Dave also created The Big Beacon initiative, where he and his collaborators envision and implement innovations to transform engineering education. His 2016 Jack Hodgins Memorial lecture at … More Guest Blog by Brian Baetz: Mindful Engineering
A less diverse research team is more likely to produce results that have lower impact. … More Pride and Prejudice (and University Program Rankings)
In response to the Great Depression of the 1930s, economically depressed jurisdictions used an approach, termed as “smokestack chasing”. Regional governments recruited industrial firms to enhance job creation by providing them with tax incentives, land use privileges and loans. Society was transformed. From being primarily agricultural, many regions quickly reorganized into manufacturing and resource extraction economies. … More Innovation, Clusters and Universities
Design thinking involves repetition that can lead to a winning idea or solution. It’s when you get an iPhone, Lego blocks, Airbnb, a Swiss Army knife, a foot activated car door, or the recipe for the perfect home–baked flourless chocolate cake. Yum! … More What is design thinking?
See the world through another scientist’s or engineer’s eyes, walk in their shoes. Learn the languages of their disciplines and thus become scientifically and technically multilingual. … More Dealing with uncertainty
How can entrepreneurship that drives disruptive innovation also foster equitable and inclusive social outcomes?
The role that greenhouse gases play in global warming and climate change is indisputable. Why? Simply because of physics. … More It’s physics: Carbon dioxide and climate change
One thing is certain. Our alumni are on top of innovation and leading change. I’m convinced that we’re educating just the engaged citizen scholars who are transforming our world through the real innovations that they are catalyzing and developing. … More Bringing innovation home
Dynamic engineers are capable of abstract thinking and high-level problem solving. These Silk Road engineers succeed in teams, work well across countries and cultures, have strong interpersonal skills, and are capable of communicating technical information in lay language. … More Silk Road Engineers
We believe that engineering education must help students develop comprehensively beyond learning technical skills. They must learn more about emotional intelligence, social awareness, and appreciate diversity, including that of thought and opinion. … More Endowing Swagger