Preparing the Engineer of 2020 Lisa R. Lattuca and Patrick T. Terenzini Project Directors Presentation to the National Academy of Engineering Convocation of the Professional Engineering Societies May 7, 2007 Washington, D.C. Presentation Preview Origins of the NSF-funded “E2020” studies
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Preparing the Engineer of 2020Lisa R. Lattuca and Patrick T. TerenziniProject DirectorsPresentation to the National Academy of Engineering Convocation of the Professional Engineering SocietiesMay 7, 2007Washington, D.C.
Questions, observations, ideas, suggestions, advice, resources or people in your societies -- anything that will help us get it right.
Involvement of the Penn State Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) in engineering education:
1990-2000: Responsible for evaluation in the
ECSEL, one of the NSF-funded Engineering Education Coalitions
2002-2006:Completed ABET-sponsored, 40-institution study of the impact of the new outcomes-based accreditation criteria (EC2000).
Funding: The National Science Foundation
Division of Engineering Education and Centers
Divisionof Undergraduate Education
The E2020 Research Group:
Penn State:Thomas A. Litzinger, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Gül E. Kremer, Ass’t. Professor, Engineering Design; Industrial Engineering
City College :Ardie D. Walser, Dean of Undergrad Studies & Professor of Electrical Engineering
of NYLatif M. Jiji, Herbert G. Kayser Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Montana State:Sara Codd, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Univ. of Missouri:Rose M. Marra, Associate Professor, Learning Technologies
Northwestern:Ann F. McKenna, Research Ass’t. Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Educational Improvement
Lois C. Trautvetter, Ass’t. Professor & Assoc. Director, Higher Education,
Administration, and Policy
Montana State:Betsy Palmer, Assistant Professor of Education
Alice M. AgoginoRoscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of California at Berkeley
Norman L. FortenberryDirector, Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering EducationNational Academy of Engineering
Mario J. GonzalezSouthwestern Bell Foundation Endowed Professor in Electrical Engineering, Emeritus The University of Texas at Austin
Linda Serra HagedornDepartment Chair and Professor, Educational Administration & PolicyUniversity of Florida
Wayne C. JohnsonVice President, University Relations WorldwideHewlett-Packard Company
Albert L. McHenryVice President, Exec. Vice Provost, & Professor, Electronics & Engineering TechnologyArizona State University Polytechnic
Sheri D. SheppardProfessor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford UniversitySenior Scholar, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
David N. Wormley
Dean of the College of Engineering & Professor of Mechanical Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University
A vision of the contexts for engineering in 2020:
Technological (e.g., bio-tech, digital systems, computer systems/tools, sustainable technology, interdisciplinarity)
Societal, Global, and Professional (e.g., social, political & economic, diversity, multi-disciplinarity, global markets & contexts, interaction of engineering and public policy)
Attributes of the Engineer of 2020:
Two studies linked by two shared questions:
Individual Student Experiences
Organizational Structures, Policies, and Practices
Academic and Co-Curricular Programs, Policies, and Practices
The College Experience
Characteristics & Experiences
Academic preparation and performance
Personal and social experiences
(Terenzini and Reason, 2005)
2. Understand how students develop the knowledge, technical, and professional skills of the engineer of 2020.
3. Understand how students decide to become engineers and perceive the profession.
4. Illuminate the experiences of women, low-income, and minority students in their engineering programs.
5. Identify the program and policy levers to produce the engineer of 2020 and to diversify the profession.
Identify the organizational, curricular, instructional, and cultural factors that produce graduates who look like the engineer of 2020 and attract under-represented students.
Three Focal E2020 Learning Outcomes:
Identify engineering schools currently out-performing others in:
Prototype to Production
Phase I: Instrument Development
and Pilot Testing
Phase II: Pilot Testing, Sampling, Recruitment of Institutions
Phase III: National Survey Administration
Prototyping the Engineer of 2020
Phase I: Data Mining and Case Study Site Identification
Phase II: Case Study Research (6)
Phase III: Validate Findings through National Study of Engineering Education
Phase IV: Analyses across cases and survey findings.
P2P: Instrument Development
P360: Data Mining and Planning
1. Academic Pathways
2. Faculty Roles
Teaching and Mentoring
3. Promoting E2020 Attributes
Professional Societies can support
Prototyping and Producing of the Engineer of 2020Lisa R. Lattuca and Patrick T. TerenziniProject DirectorsPresentation to the National Academy of Engineering Convocation of the Professional Engineering SocietiesMay 7, 2007Washington, D.C.