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Seven Facets of  the 21 st  Century Engineer David E. Goldberg University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, Illinois...
7 Facets of 21st Century Engineers <ul><li>Mathematical & scientific profession </li></ul><ul><li>Creative & challenging p...
You’re Good at Math & Science <ul><li>So become an engineer! </li></ul><ul><li>Mental picture old fashioned: </li></ul><ul...
Creative & Challenging <ul><li>The scientist merely explores that which exists, while the engineer creates what has never ...
Real World & Constructive <ul><li>Deals with world as it is. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time and money real constraints. </li><...
People Profession <ul><li>Lone engineers are few. </li></ul><ul><li>Engineers work in teams with other engineers and busin...
Global & Entrepreneurial <ul><li>Projects “follow the sun.” </li></ul><ul><li>Engineers share common bond &  language. </l...
Engineering is Optimistic <ul><li>Fundamental: Engineers believe they can solve problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve system...
Seven Facets of  the 21 st  Century Engineer David E. Goldberg University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, Illinois...
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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.

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Seven Facets of the 21st Centruy Engineer

  1. 1. Seven Facets of the 21 st Century Engineer David E. Goldberg University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, Illinois 61801 [email_address]
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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