Strategic Design of Engineering Education for the Flat World

Dirk Schaefer, Jitesh H. Panchal, Seung-Kyum Choi, Farrokh Mistree

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We believe that two critical success factors for an engineer in the flat world are an ability to
adapt to changes and to be able to work at the interface of different disciplines. Instead of
educating traditional domain-specific and analysis-oriented engineers, we believe that the
focus should be on educating and graduating strategic engineers who can realize complex
systems for changing markets in a collaborative, globally distributed environment.
In this paper, we identify three key drivers that are foundational to future engineering
design education programs. These drivers include a) emphasis on strategic engineering, b)
mass customization of courses, and c) utilization of IT-enabled environments for distributed
education. Strategic engineering is a field that relates to designing and creating complex
systems that are adaptable to changes. Mass customization of courses refers to adapting the
course material to educational goals and learning styles of different students. IT enabled
environments bring distributed students and instructors closer in the form of a virtual
classroom. These three drivers are discussed in this paper with examples from the Georgia
Tech Regional Engineering Program (GTREP).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventMUDD Design Workshop VI: Design and Engineering Education in a Flat World - Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California, USA United States
Duration: 23 May 200725 May 2007


ConferenceMUDD Design Workshop VI: Design and Engineering Education in a Flat World
Country/TerritoryUSA United States
CityClaremont, California


  • Design Education


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