Our world faces many grand challenges. I embrace the optimism that the future will be brighter than our past. For that, we must help students learn. … More Big Ideas for Grand Challenges
An uncertain technological future requires adaptable and resilient engineers who can see through the fog and create robust engineering designs based on AI. … More AI and the Future: Volatility Uncertainty Complexity Ambiguity
A university degree is simply a ticket that allows graduates to apply for jobs. MacChangers enhances graduates’ employment prospects because of their active experiential learning based on design-thinking, systems thinking and an entrepreneurial fail-fast innovation approach. … More The Big Idea: Educate Citizen Scholars To Transform Our World
When they value diversity, leaders make it safe for teams to propose novel ideas. Innovation flourishes. … More With Diversity, Innovation Wins
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
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?
How can entrepreneurship that drives disruptive innovation also foster equitable and inclusive social outcomes?
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