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Bulleted Slide: Components of a Holistic Engineering Education


  • Vertical (in-depth) thinking
  • Abstract learning
  • Reductionism-fractionization
  • Develop order
  • Understand certainty
  • Analysis
  • Research
  • Solve problems
  • Develop ideas
  • Independence
  • Technological-scientific base
  • Engineering science
  • Lateral (functional) thinking
  • Experiential learning
  • Integration-connecting the parts
  • Correlate chaos
  • Handle ambiguity
  • Synthesis
  • Design / process / manufacture
  • Formulate problems
  • Implement ideas
  • Teamwork
  • Societal context
  • Functional core of engineering

Background Collage for all slides: Converging Frontiers, Research and Education and Public Policy

Caption: An abstract graphic depicting these three themes includes an artistic perspective of a face illustrating a perspective from the eye to graphs, numbers and equations. With a grid in the background and colors of red, orange and yellow, the entire slide is illuminated to depict modern technology and its thought process.

Source: NSF, Sara Raimo

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