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Seven Facets of the 21st Centruy Engineer
Seven Facets of the 21st Centruy Engineer
Seven Facets of the 21st Centruy Engineer
Seven Facets of the 21st Centruy Engineer
Seven Facets of the 21st Centruy Engineer
Seven Facets of the 21st Centruy Engineer
Seven Facets of the 21st Centruy Engineer
Seven Facets of the 21st Centruy Engineer
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Seven Facets of the 21st Centruy Engineer

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University of Illinois professor David Goldberg overviews 7 aspects of what makes a good modern day engineer.

University of Illinois professor David Goldberg overviews 7 aspects of what makes a good modern day engineer.

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  • 1. Seven Facets of the 21 st Century Engineer David E. Goldberg University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, Illinois 61801 [email_address]
  • 2. 7 Facets of 21st Century Engineers <ul><li>Mathematical & scientific profession </li></ul><ul><li>Creative & challenging profession </li></ul><ul><li>Constructive, real-world profession </li></ul><ul><li>A people profession </li></ul><ul><li>A global profession </li></ul><ul><li>An entrepreneurial profession </li></ul><ul><li>An optimistic profession </li></ul>
  • 3. You’re Good at Math & Science <ul><li>So become an engineer! </li></ul><ul><li>Mental picture old fashioned: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineer sitting at drafting board. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Slide rule in hand. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technical road to engineering success. </li></ul><ul><li>Path that most engineering profs take. </li></ul>
  • 4. Creative & Challenging <ul><li>The scientist merely explores that which exists, while the engineer creates what has never existed before. Theodore von Kármán </li></ul><ul><li>Engineers fundamentally create new products, services, & processes. </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual challenge of engineering requires novel application of knowledge. </li></ul>Theodore von Kármán (1881-1963)
  • 5. Real World & Constructive <ul><li>Deals with world as it is. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time and money real constraints. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limits of knowledge. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social and political realities, too </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Changes worlds through its artifacts and processes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Try to leave world a better place. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognize unintended consequences of change. </li></ul></ul>
  • 6. People Profession <ul><li>Lone engineers are few. </li></ul><ul><li>Engineers work in teams with other engineers and business people. </li></ul><ul><li>Today, more contact with customers. </li></ul><ul><li>Requires skill with things and with people. </li></ul><ul><li>This course concentrates on these non-technical matters. </li></ul>
  • 7. Global & Entrepreneurial <ul><li>Projects “follow the sun.” </li></ul><ul><li>Engineers share common bond & language. </li></ul><ul><li>Today, more engineers seek opportunity: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Within companies: intrapreneurship. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In new startups: startup entrepreneurship. </li></ul></ul>
  • 8. Engineering is Optimistic <ul><li>Fundamental: Engineers believe they can solve problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve systems & leave them better shape. </li></ul><ul><li>This is inherently optimistic stance. </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering optimism is tempered by realism enforced by practice. </li></ul>www.ifoundry.uiuc.edu
  • 9. Seven Facets of the 21 st Century Engineer David E. Goldberg University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, Illinois 61801 [email_address]

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