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.
A Roadmap for Transforming Engineering Education
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!
A call for collaborative disruption in engineering education
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.
Terrific book on important issue
This book covers the important issue of how we are going as society to attract and graduate engineers who can tackle the big challenges of our future. The lessons in this book are so basic but missing in traditional education - that engineering is about helping people and is a process not a body of knowledge. Learning needs to take place in the connection with the real world not in theory only.