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Engineers as Category Creators

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Cold war engineers were trained as category enhancers, but the pace of invention and innovation has quickened and today's engineers need to become category creators.

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Engineers as Category Creators

  1. 1. Engineers as Category Creators David E. Goldberg Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL 61801 USA [email_address]
  2. 2. Motivation & Roadmap <ul><li>Broad recognition that the world is different, a creative era. </li></ul><ul><li>Need engineers in tune with the times. </li></ul><ul><li>Roadmap: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cold war curriculum in internet world. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Missed revolutions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineer of the future as category creator. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The problem of change in engineering education. </li></ul></ul>© David E. Goldberg 2008
  3. 3. Cold War Curriculum, Internet World <ul><li>In final days of Vannevar Bush era. </li></ul><ul><li>Science: The Endless Frontier, set stage for NSF & research. </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate to hierarchical, specialized world. </li></ul><ul><li>Is it appropriate today? </li></ul>© David E. Goldberg 2008 Vannevar Bush (1890-1974)
  4. 4. Times are a Changin’ <ul><li>Missed revolutions since WW2: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality revolution. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurial revolution. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IT revolution. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conceptual or creative revolution. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What sense missed? Ignored in the academy. </li></ul><ul><li>Explained by tech & economics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communications & transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transaction costs & network effects </li></ul></ul>© David E. Goldberg 2008 Bob Dylan (b. 1941)
  5. 5. Engineer as Category Creators <ul><li>Cold war engineer as category enhancer . </li></ul><ul><li>Creative era engineer as category creator. </li></ul><ul><li>Create new categories of products and service. </li></ul><ul><li>Right-brained thinking: integrative, creative, intuitive. </li></ul><ul><li>MFA + Engineer vs. MBA + Engineer. </li></ul>© David E. Goldberg 2008
  6. 6. Engineering Ed Slow to Change <ul><li>Have reasons, motivation, will & models to change. </li></ul><ul><li>Departmental system is resists change. </li></ul><ul><li>Illinois has created iFoundry: Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education. </li></ul><ul><li>Bottom line: To educate category creators need principled approach to change. Stay tuned. </li></ul>© David E. Goldberg 2008 http://www.illigal.uiuc.edu/web/ifoundry
  7. 7. Engineers as Category Creators David E. Goldberg Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL 61801 USA [email_address]

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