Rethinking Foundational Engineering Education
Monday, April 17, 2017, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
McArthur Engineering Addition, José Milton Leadership Hall Room 202
Light refreshments will be provided.
ABOUT THE LECTURE
An engineering student’s foundational educational experience affects not only her or his learning outcomes and career, but also whether or not that student decides to continue engineering education at all. While passive knowledge acquisition and assimilation can be effective for some learners, exclusive utilization of such approaches is limiting. Students need to practice at being engineers; process needs to takes precedence over content – especially in this age of information as an inexpensively acquired commodity. Foundational engineering education should include experiences that prepare students to synthesize and utilize knowledge so that they can conceive creative design solutions that address more than feasibility. Change will not be easy, given the current educational ecosystem of discipline-centric structures and the dominance of theory over practice. The goal of this talk is to stimulate discussion about how to approach these challenges, and will include a few examples and lessons learned from the Olin College of Engineering.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Vincent (Vin) P. Manno is provost, dean of faculty and professor of engineering at the Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Columbia University and MS and Sc.D. degrees from M.I.T. His fields of interest are engineering education, power generation and electronics thermal management. He has authored or co-authored more than 160 journal articles, conference proceedings and technical reports, and is a frequent keynote speaker. Prior to joining Olin, Manno was associate provost and professor of mechanical engineering at Tufts University. He has worked in the private sector, has been a U.S. Navy Senior Summer Faculty Fellow and holds a U.S. patent. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and received SAE’s Teetor Educational Award, the Harvey Rosten Award for Excellence in the Thermal Analysis of Electronic Equipment, the 2002 ASME Curriculum Innovation Award, Tufts Engineering Teacher of the Year award and the Seymour Simches Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising. He serves on several advisory boards, including those for Ashesi University (Ghana), the University of Delaware College of Engineering and the Tufts University Center for Engineering Education Outreach.