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2. ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
In the face of grand challenges for engineering, several efforts have been undertaken to identify the vision for what we should expect from our undergraduate engineering students. For example, one of the significant reports indicates that our graduates should aspire “to have the ingenuity of Lillian Gilbreth, the problem solving capabilities of Gordon Moore, the scientific insight of Albert Einstein, the creativity of Pablo Picasso, the determination of the Wright brothers, the leadership abilities of Bill Gates, the conscience of Eleanor Roosevelt, the vision of Martin Luther King, and the curiosity and wonder of our grandchildren.” This statement implies that not only should our graduates be very well equipped with analytical skills, but also master problem solving and professional skills. Indeed, given the near certainty that grand challenges will require complex problem solving skills in multi-disciplinary global settings, our graduates will need to develop professional skills to a higher degree than they currently do.
Okudan Kremer, G., Murphy, M. & Bowe, B. (2011). An international comparison of engineering programs in their emphases and professional skills development. ASEE Annual Conference 2011, Vancouver, June 26-29, pp.22.187.1 - 22.187.11. doi: 10.21427/dqwt-7s98