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New IEEE President: Engineering Schools Must Undergo Major Reform

PISCATAWAY, N.J. Feb. 1, 2011 Moshe Kam

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"Innovation – which is a vehicle for economic expansion and welfare – is not possible without strong engineering schools. If we starve engineering programs, we may save some money now, but will pay a high price in the long-run. We will be neglecting the development of those who can have the tools needed to face and solve humanity’s challenges," said Kam.

Additional curriculum areas that are likely to undergo significant changes include:

  • Incorporation of considerations from economics, psychology, law and even advertising in engineering design.
  • International opportunities to study and work abroad.
  • Engineering applications of life sciences and biology.
  • The shift of many engineering enterprises from products to services.
  • Progress in automated computing tools and symbolic computation.

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Kam says a critical step is convening government, academia and business leaders from key regions around the world to work on joint planning of the future of engineering education. IEEE has led several of these forums including:

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