A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering Education

A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering Education

by David E. Goldberg, Mark Somerville

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A Revolution Is Coming. It Isn�t What You Think.

This book tells the improbable stories of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, a small startup in Needham, Massachusetts, with aspirations to be a beacon to engineering education everywhere, and the iFoundry incubator at the University of Illinois, an unfunded pilot program with aspirations to change engineering at a large public university that wasn�t particularly interested in changing. That either one survived is story enough, but what they found out together changes the course of education transformation forever:

� How joy, trust, openness, and connec- tion are the keys to unleashing young, courageous engineers.
� How engineers educated in narrow technical terms with a fixed mindset need an education that actively engages six minds�analytical, design, people, linguistic, body, and mindful� using a growth mindset.
� How emotion and culture are the crucial elements of change, not content, curriculum, and pedagogy.
� How four technologies of trust are well established and widely available to promote more rapid academic change.
� How all stakeholders can join together in a movement of open innovation to accelerate collaborative disruption of the status quo.

Read this book and get a glimpse inside the coming revolution in engineering. Feel the engaging stories in this book and understand the depth of change that is coming. Use this book to help select, shape, demand, and create educational experiences aligned with the creative imperative of the twenty-first century.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150571617
Publisher: ThreeJoy Associates, Inc.
Publication date: 09/19/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

DAVID E. GOLDBERG is president of Big Beacon, a nonprofit organization founded as a movement for the transformation of engineering education. He is known as an author, educator, entrepreneur, and artificial intelligence researcher. Author of the widely cited bestseller Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization, and Machine Learning and co-founder of ShareThis, in 2007 he co-founded the Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education (iFoundry). In 2010 he resigned his tenure and professorship at the University of Illinois to work full time for the transformation of engineering education. As a movement leader, leadership coach, and change management consultant, Dave now works with individuals, organizations, and networks around the world to collaboratively disrupt the status quo.

MARK SOMERVILLE is a professor of electrical engineering and physics at Olin College, where he also serves as associate dean for faculty affairs and development. He joined Olin from Vassar College in 2001. An electrical engineer and liberal arts double major, Rhodes scholar, and semiconductor researcher, Mark is passionate about active learning and student engagement. Mark has collaborated with institutions in North and South America and Europe to spread change in engineering education, particularly through the use of collaborative design in curriculum revision. Mark and Dave worked together, first on the Olin-Illinois Partnership and then as cofounders of the Big Beacon movement. Mark remains active in the classroom and works to spread effective transformation methods as part of Olin�s Collaboratory outreach and training efforts.

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A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering Education 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Are you an academic, student, parent, educator, employer, practitioner or policy maker? If you are, then this book is for you. Authors David E Goldberg and Mark Sommerville, have written an outstanding book that steps outside the constraints of traditional research and engages all stakeholders in the future of engineering. The authors begin by exploring the life of visionary engineer, innovator and problem solver: Franklin W. Olin. Next, they explain how to form a pilot program or the programmatic iFoundry incubator to help improve undergraduate education. Then, the authors cover a lot of territory historically to better understand the ways in which both the University of Illinois and engineering have evolved to bring us to the present day. In addition, they examine the question of incorporating more teamwork, teaching communication skills, and heightening the emphasis on design. The authors continue by looking at the five pillars of engineering educational transformation: joy; trust; courage; openness; and, connectedness, collaboration and community. Next, they discus intrinsic motivation: Where today’s engineering graduates must be comfortable in the skin of engineering; be personally engaged in the science and culture of innovation; and, become thought leaders on the most important issues of the day, such as sustainability, people-oriented design, and the human aspects of technology. Then, the authors discuss some of the key skills and competencies of a modern coach: noticing; listening; questioning; speech acts; and, understanding and reframing stories. In addition, they show you how to create a new culture of engineering education. Finally, the authors propose that making real change in engineering education, requires whole new assumptions: Shifting our underlying beliefs (along with those of our colleagues and students), by building community, showing people the new world, using language and structures intentionally, and being open to changing course. According to the authors: In writing this excellent book, they set aside many of the conventions of academic discourse, and intentionally wrote it as a collection of stories, anecdotes, and snippets from research outside of their direct expertise. This great book is also aligned with much of the educational innovation that is taking place outside of colleges and universities.
MeaganPollock More than 1 year ago
Imagine an engineering education that welcomes young women as eagerly as young men.  A Whole New Engineer has seen that future and shows us how to get there.  As an engineer and educator, I believe this book is a roadmap for how we can together transform engineering education! 
EricaLeeGarcia More than 1 year ago
Inspiring, accessible and deeply thought-provoking!  Reading this book feels like a trip through the 100 most interesting conversations I have had over the last 5 years.  As an engineer who survived my education to become a change agent within organizations, I fully recognize the importance of culture AND tools, mindset AND ability, heart AND head.  Mark Somerville and Dave Goldberg have put their finger on something very special with The Whole New Engineer, and the beacon for change shines bright and clear.  I recommend this book to anyone who likes to think about how we learn and where we're going as a society. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this book, Goldberg and Somerville tells an emotional story of a group of educators challenging the established culture of engineering education.  The timely vision of the "whole new engineer" described in this book resonate with me deeply as an engineer, an educator, and a human being.  It is my hope and my belief that this book really does signal the coming of a revolution that will not only transform engineering and education, but also technology and society as we know it. It is a five-star recommendation for anyone interested in technology, education, innovation, and change.
AMDR More than 1 year ago
This is book is not just about a revolution in engineering education but about the need for change in higher education in general. Using real world and engaging examples - Olin College and the iFoundry at the University of Illinois - the authors explore how to make lasting and effective change in the classroom. This is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of education.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Whole New Engineer identifies key emotional and cultural changes necessary to educate innovative engineers for the 21st century. As an engineering student, the ideas presented in the book truly resonated with me because I had always assumed educational reform was in the hands of administrators, professors, and policy makers and emphasized curriculum and pedagogy. This book presents the greater challenge of transforming the culture of engineering education and strategies for reform and offered me an entirely new perspective on engineering education - one where the student voice demands to be heard. The stories chronicled in A Whole New Engineer demonstrate the power of student initiative and unleashing student potential, and they have encouraged me to reflect on my own experiences in engineering and what I hope to gain from my four years in college. I highly recommend this book to all engineering students, in particularly students who are unhappy in engineering or are frustrated with their education. This book offers a fresh perspective on engineering education and reads as a narrative, which is a welcome change from reading technical literature. A Whole New Engineer invites students to challenge the status quo and actively engage in the revolution to reform our education. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago