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Engineering students opt for the discipline of their choice which gives them an in-depth understanding of the chosen major but all university students are generally required to complete certain general education requirements whose purpose is to make their education whole and complete. Four decades of academic and industrial experience together with emerging evidence suggest that there is further scope in making the education of students whole and complete by incorporating two new topics into the general education requirements: Scientific framework for external excellence and scientific framework for internal excellence. The paper will detail the what, why, and how of this assertion. To briefly explain, engineers take minimum variance to be a theoretical upper limit of achievable performance in dynamic processes. Constrained model predictive control teaches engineering students in some disciplines the wherewithal of how to strive for minimum variance in dynamic processes which remains the state of the art in the process industries today. Engineering students, in fact all students, should also learn how to strive for minimum variance in static processes since static processes and transactions are ubiquitous, outnumbering dynamic processes perhaps by as much as 9:1. Six sigma is a systemic, structured, disciplined, and data-driven methodology for problem-solving based on input-output data that doubles up as a top-notch quality initiative for striving for minimum variance in static processes. Fifty-three percent of Fortune-500 companies are now reported to have six sigma programs in place and this number reportedly rises to 82% for Fortune-100 companies. For many years, the author kept finding puzzling variations in the performance of six sigma projects. In what could qualify as a Eureka moment, the author discovered post retirement that the state six sigma considers to be minimum variance is really not yet that. The elephant in the room is internal excellence, one’s capacity to remain centered in the face of extenuating external conditions that are part of life. Therefore, further improvement in performance should be possible by raising the level of internal excellence and this hypothesis is amenable to an audit. Six sigma is the science of external excellence which teaches how to do all that we do in the external world in the best possible manner while the science of internal excellence teaches how to enhance our capacity to remain centered with meditation. Even modest success leads to a myriad of benefits: health & wellness, creativity & innovativeness, exemplary performance in all walks of life, better leadership decisions, and less discord and violence. Reputed scientific journals such as Nature, Science, and PNAS as well as medical journals & business publications have carried full-length articles on meditation in recent years. The two components together form the basis of a scientific framework for a better and a more peaceful world and as a subset, has the potential to transform higher education. The author’s interview on collective-evolution provides a synopsis of the framework: (http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/07/07/the-true-nature-of-what-we-perceive-as-reality-how-it-can-transform-or-world/). Incorporating both components of excellence in college curricula will immensely help students while in college and beyond.
Deshpande, P. B. (2017, June), Turbocharge General Education Requirements with Science of External and Internal Excellence Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--29047
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