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2008 ASEE Annual Conference - Part 1

Posted June 26, 2008 10:38 AM by amichelen

I am attending the 2008 ASEE Annual Conference that is taking place this week (June 22 – 26) in beautiful Pittsburgh, PA. The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is the biggest organization of its kind in the world. It was established in 1893 with the purpose of enhancing Engineering and Engineering Technology education. Nowadays its membership includes more 13,000 engineering educators from around the world, and hundred of colleges and corporations. Every year the Annual Conference and Exposition attracts thousand of members and associates. This year more than 3,200 engineering attended and more than 500 papers were presented. You can imagine the activities in the conference center during the three days of the conference.

This year theme, "Building Bridges to Create Change in Engineering Education", was the main topic presented by the keynote speaker, Dr. Charles M. Vest, President of the National Academy of Engineering, and by the daily presentations of the Distinguished Lecturers.

Dr. Vest, an influential figure in engineering and science education, talked about the big challenges in engineering education that are needed to respond to a shrinking and changing world ("The World is Flat"). Innovation and change in a global economy is always ahead of us. In a knowledge-based global economy we must address the increased global competition as well as the great opportunities and responsibilities for global cooperation. For Dr. Vest, our engineering education must address the emergence of new fields of knowledge associated with engineering, and the new realities of the World. In his keynote speech he outlined three general areas that must be addressed when educating our young engineers:

1. The emergence of life science as a foundation for engineering,

2. The massive employment shifts into the service sector, and

3. The essential of engineering systems in meeting humankind's grand challenges (energy, clean water, and others)

I will address these topics in my next posts. What are your thoughts about these challenges?

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07/08/2008 2:09 AM

As mentioned in the speech of Dr. Vest and as i believe the engineering education in todays world should be catered and focuesed towards developing individuals who has holistic approch towards the problems they see around.Its specially imporatant to consider the main elements of the societies including enviornment, energy conservation and generation and people itself.

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