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2015 ASEE Annual Conference; Seattle, Washington, June 14-17, 2015 Creativity and Innovation as part of the Civil Engineering BOKThis paper contends that the imminent review of the Civil Engineering Body ofKnowledge should include consideration of adding explicit treatment of creativity andinnovation knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Some reasons offered for this change aremaintaining U.S. global leadership, enhancing national security, stimulatingorganizational vitality, enjoying the satisfaction of doing what has not been done, andpracticing effective stewardship with the superior abilities of engineering students toenable them to achieve even more professional success and significance.The challenging “how” aspect of incorporating creativity and innovation into the BOK hasthree dimensions. The first is how might creativity-innovation be included in the BOKand, more specifically, the BOK Outcome Rubric and the Explanation of outcomes.Examples of options explored are a new outcome, embedding creativity-innovation insome outcomes, and an across-the-curriculum themeThe second dimension of “how” is how would creativity-innovation be taught? Asexplained in the paper, students could be introduced to neuroscience basics so that theyunderstand important processes of the human brain that enable creative-innovativethinking. These brain basics could then be applied by learning about and selectivelyapplying tools that facilitate creative and innovative thought, for individuals and teams,by engaging both cranial hemispheres.The third dimension of “how” is how can creativity-innovation be added to an already fullcivil engineering formal education and pre-licensure experience? Examples of the manyideas offered are on-campus competition, sharing creativity-innovation stories,interaction with artists, studying the development of commonly-used products andservices, and conducting controlled experiments.This paper will focus on these three “how” dimensions of creativity-innovation with thepossible goal of influencing the next edition of the CE BOK.COORDINATING NOTE:This abstract is submitted at the specific invitation and request of Tom Lenox, thecoordinator of the ASCE Liaison Committee’s program for the CE Division ofASEE in 2015. It should be considered for inclusion in the session that TomLenox is organizing and moderating.
Walesh, S. G. (2015, June), Creativity and Innovation as Part of the Civil Engineering BOK Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23760
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