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Understanding Engineers

  1. 1. Understanding EngineersLER 590 UE - Week 1: Engineering, Technology, and All That<br />David E. GoldbergIESE, iFoundry & School of Labor and Employment RelationsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbana, IL 61801 USAdeg@illinois.edu<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  2. 2. Understanding Engineers <br />Engineering is a complex practice.<br />Important to modern life.<br />Not widely studied or understood by laypersons without technical training.<br />Course attempts to get inside engineering mind through direct experiences as well as through historical, philosophical, and social science study.<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  3. 3. Roadmap<br />Name badges.<br />Introductions: Who are you & who am I?<br />Review of syllabus (handout).<br />Choose Industry Interest Groups (handout).<br />What is engineering?<br />Simulated engineering experience 1.<br />Reflection on SEE 1.<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  4. 4. Who Am I? Who Are You?<br />David E. Goldberg, Jerry S. Dobrovolny Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurial Engineering, Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering.<br />Project engineering & marketing manager, Stoner Associates, Carlisle, PA, 1976-1980.<br />Asst/Assoc Prof Engineering Mechanics, University of Alabama, 1984-1990.<br />Came to UIUC in 1990 in General Engineering.<br />Research in genetic algorithms & philosophy of engineering.<br />Co-Founded ShareThis in 2004(Formerly Nextumi).<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  5. 5. Who Are You?<br />Undergraduate background?<br />Work experience?<br />Aspirations post degree? Job interviews/offers?<br />Why did you sign up for this class?<br />What do you hope to get out of it?<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  6. 6. Another Job: iFoundry<br />Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education:<br />Curriculum change incubator. Permit change.<br />Collaboration. Large, key ugrad programs work together. Easier approval if shared. <br />Connections. Hook to depts, NAE, ABET (?), industry. <br />Volunteers. Enthusiasm for change among participants. <br />Existing authority. Use signatory authority for modification of curricula for immediate pilot. <br />Respect faculty governance. Get pilot permission from the dept. and go back to faculty for vote after pilot change<br />Assessment. Built-in assessment to overcome objections back home. <br />Scalability. Past attempts at change like Olin fail to scale at UIUC and other big schools. <br />www.ifoundry.illinois.edu<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  7. 7. Syllabus Review<br />7 weeks:<br />Intro<br />Engineering education, knowledge & knowhow.<br />Engineered artifacts: history, ontology, representation.<br />Institutional & professional setting.<br />Normal versus visionary engineering.<br />HR context: recruiting, transitions & development.<br />IIG reports.<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  8. 8. 2 Interesting Elements<br />Simulated engineering experiences (SEEs): do some engineering stuff to get you to see engineering work from the inside.<br />Industry Interest Groups (Adopt-an-Industry): Form teams to use course concepts to examine a particular industry.<br />Handout<br />Formation<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  9. 9. What is Engineering?<br />You’re sitting in class at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign<br />Has one of the bestengineering schools on the planet.<br />What is engineering?<br />How would you define it?<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />Mechanical Building & Drill Hall 1871<br />
  10. 10. A Definition? <br />Here: Engineering is the social practice of conceiving, designing, implementing, producing, & sustaining complex artifacts, processes, or systems appropriate to some recognized need.<br />Artifacts primary object.<br />Science & math are among tools used for artifact conception & support.<br />Social practice Engineered by and for people.<br />Social side as important as the physics.<br />Some engineered objects are physical, but all engineered objects are social.<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  11. 11. Simulated Engineering Experience No. 1<br />Simple resistive circuit.<br />Familiarity with simple components, measurements, & calculations.<br />Work in teams.<br />Followed by reflection.<br />Will divide teams by expertise. How many have background in math/science? None expected or needed.<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  12. 12. Reflections<br />Accuracy & error<br />Modeling & prediction<br />Components & standardization<br />Notion of a “breadboard”  try & test<br />Measurement<br />Different representations<br />Coding<br />What else?<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  13. 13. More Information<br />iFoundry: http://ifoundry.illinois.edu<br />EotF2.0: http://engineerofthefuture.olin.edu<br />iFoundryYouTube: http://www.youtube.com/illinoisfoundry<br />iFoundrySlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/ifoundry<br />TEE, the book. http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470007230.html<br />TEE, the blog. www.entrepreneurialengineer.blogspot.com<br />TEE, the course. http://online.engr.uiuc.edu/webcourses/ge498tee/index.html<br />MTV, the course. http://online.engr.uiuc.edu/webcourses/ge498tv/index.html<br />Engineering and Technology Studies at Illinois (ETSI) http://www-illigal.ge.uiuc.edu/ETSI<br />Workshop on Philosophy & Engineering (WPE)http://www-illigal.ge.uiuc.edu/wpe<br />Twitter: www.twitter.com/deg511, www.twitter.com/ifoundry<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />