22/11/10 – IEEE Engages Universities with Engineering’s Role in the Future
22 November 2010
IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association, are encouraging university engineering lecturers to think about engineering educational role in the new economy, and the importance of guiding today’s students to be tomorrow’s engineers.
Dr. Leah Jamieson, a member of IEEE said, "The new economy is based on invention, the creation of new solutions that address both world-changing challenges such as energy, healthcare, sustainability, and security and life-changing opportunities to feed the world’s hunger for a better quality of life. From smart meters for energy to smartphones for business and entertainment, technology is the enabler, and engineering is the foundation for the innovation economy."
IEEE members are promoting a cultural change within engineering education. Their focus goes beyond technical skills to incorporate valuable industry experience and thus more relevance into university courses. Supporting an experience led education curriculum that gives students a chance to work on projects that bring electricity to remote villages to addressing modern challenges of sustainability, security, and infrastructure.
Dr. Moshe Kam, IEEE 2011 president and CEO, and Department Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University said, "We are on a mission to expand the scope of technical and engineering education, connecting industry to students in order to drive new, innovative ways in thinking about sustainability, communication, and entrepreneurship. The objective is to bring real world projects and industrial experience into academic labs and classrooms; enabling students to be creative, collaborative, and able to draw on the strength of multiple disciplines."
IEEE supports education through numerous global initiatives such as a University Partnership Programme, the IEEE Real World Engineering Project (RWEP), which aims to develop excellence in learning and teaching through curriculum development and Engineering Community Service programmes for university and school students to work on engineering-related projects for humanitarian organisations.