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Engineering education: a national agenda.

Gerald L. Wilson
1988
14 pp.
MITSG 89-9

Many analysts say American manufacturing is in crisis because it is failing to produce internationally competitive products and because the public is increasingly wary of the social impact of science and technology. In this reproduction of the 8th annual Robert Bruce Wallace lecture, MIT Dean of Engineering Gerald L. Wilson places much of the responsibility for both problems on poor engineering and the way engineers are educated. Education should emphasize the synthesis of ideas, not just analysis; laboratories should nurture design and building skills, but not distance students from common-sense understanding. In addition, he says, engineers need to learn how their products affect society at large. Wilson proposes a `New Agenda' for engineering education and describes two MIT programs that address the issues he raises.

type: Workshops, proceedings, symposia

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