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Enhancing Technology Development Through Lifelong Education Of Engineers And Technologists As Creative Professionals

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.456.1 - 6.456.66



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Thomas Stanford

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Michael Aherne

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Duane D. Dunlap

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Mel Mendelson

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Donald Keating

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Session 2793

Enhancing U.S. Technology Development Through Lifelong Education of Engineers and Technologists as Creative Professionals D. A. Keating, 1 T. G. Stanford, 1 D. D. Dunlap, 2 M. J. Aherne, 3 M. I. Mendelson 4 University of South Carolina 1/ Purdue University 2/ University of Alberta 3 Loyola Marymount University 4


There is growing recognition worldwide that traditional graduate engineering education neither fits the engineering innovation process necessary for competitiveness in the global economy nor reflects the way that graduate engineers and technologists learn and develop as professionals, innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders in industry. In today’s global economy, engineering innovation is recognized as a continuous, systematic needs-driven process, which is highly dependent upon the provision for lifelong learning, growth, and development of the nation’s graduate engineers and technologists in industry beyond their entry-level undergraduate baccalaureate preparation. Because of profound changes in engineering practice for real-world innovation, a transformation is underway in the U.S. Science and Engineering (S&E) innovation system. A concurrent, nonlinear model of needs-driven systematic engineering innovation, which is supported by directed scientific research, is replacing the sequential, linear research-driven model of engineering innovation. Graduate education must be responsive to this change and must build a new type model of in-service graduate professional education which reflects the substantial changes and characteristics of the engineering innovation process itself, and the stages of lifelong growth, professional dimensions, and leadership responsibilities associated with the modern practice of creative engineering in a knowledge-based, innovation-driven economy. Whereas traditional research-based graduate engineering education and teaching have resulted during the last three decades as a byproduct of the linear research-driven model of innovation, a new model of graduate professional education has been developed which focuses on lifelong professional education for emerging and experienced engineering leaders in industry as creative problem-solvers, technical program makers, technology policy makers, and leaders in the modern context of engineering practice for creative technology development and innovation.

1. Introduction

More than ever, science, engineering, and technology are key to economic performance and social well being of industrialized nations. The ability to continuously create, develop, and innovate new and improved technology is rapidly becoming the major source of competitive advantage, worldwide, for sustained economic growth. The United States faces stiff competition in the global arena as other nations are also recognizing that growth performance in the new economy is dependent upon technological innovation. There is growing awareness, however, that fundamental changes have occurred in the 1990s with regard to the technological innovation process itself, and a new model of engineering innovation has emerged.

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright ‹ 2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Stanford, T., & Aherne, M., & Dunlap, D. D., & Mendelson, M., & Keating, D. (2001, June), Enhancing Technology Development Through Lifelong Education Of Engineers And Technologists As Creative Professionals Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9220

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