Morgantown, West Virginia
March 27, 2020
March 27, 2020
May 20, 2020
Holistic Engineering is an approach to the engineering profession, rather than an engineering discipline such as civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering. It is inspired by the realization that traditional engineering does not adequately harness professional skills in its problem-solving repertoire. Holistic Engineering asks engineers to look outward, beyond the fields of math and science, in search of solutions to entire problems. While engineering graduates are well prepared in the technical aspects of the engineering profession, they lack non-technical professional skills (e.g., strategic communication, social science perspective of engineering problems, and others) that can help them think through diverse social aspects posed by current complex engineering grand challenges.
In this presentation, we will review the concept and origins of Holistic Engineering. Furthermore, we will discuss how pedagogical approaches can harness the core principles of Holistic Engineering in engineering education. Finally, we will present an application of these concepts in a West Virginia University (WVU) Holistic Engineering Project Course (HEPC) we developed as part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. HEPC is developed in such a way that engineering students work with social science students on a complex and open-ended engineering grand challenge problem. Our hypothesis is that such collaborations can significantly improve the professional formation of well-rounded, and effective engineers. The presentation will also draw from lessons learned from the first offering of the course, titled Technology Innovations: Engineering, Economics, and Public Relations, which was offered in Spring 2020 in the Wadsworth Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in coordination with the Departments of Economics and the Reed College of Media.
Pyrialakou, V. D., & Dey, K. C., & Martinelli, D., & Deskins, J., & Fraustino, J. D., & Plein, L. C., & Rahman, M. T., & Rambo-Hernandez, K. E., & Roy, A. (2020, March), Holistic Engineering: A Concept Exploration in a Cross-Disciplinary Project Course Experience Paper presented at 2020 ASEE North Central Section conference, Morgantown, West Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/35736
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