Entries by Emma Schoenfelner

Sign up Now: Facilitating Change that Sticks, 9-11 June 2015 (Tu-Th)

@OlinCollege and @BigBeacon are pleased to announce the short course Facilitating Change that Sticks, 9-11 June 2015 (Tues-Thurs) at Franklin W. Olin College. This three-day workshop develops participant skills and strategies for creating change that “sticks.”   In particular, we dive into a set of personal and organizational skills that will help participants develop both personally and professionally as […]

Studies of Expert Engineers Show Us Why Engineering Education Needs to Change

Misunderstandings about what it means to be an engineer are outlined in James Trevelyan’s “The Making of an Expert Engineer”— a book based on extensive studies of several hundred engineers in four countries, several of them true experts in their own domains. An unfortunate reality exposed by this research is that engineering education has become almost completely divorced from […]

Meet E²S² – the Engineering Education Students’ Society

In the fall of 2014, three passionate University of Calgary students formed the Engineering Education Students’ Society (E²S²). We felt by creating a formal network, we would be able to increase and improve collaboration with others who have expressed interest in connecting. Currently, E²S² has about 20 members, including graduate students, undergraduate students, professors and academics. […]

The Coming Revolution

Olin College admissions officer Grant Hooton reviewed Dave Goldberg and Mark Somerville’s A Whole New Engineer. The purpose of the book is to give insight on how to bring about change successfully, and explain and justify the necessary changes. These are captured in the five pillars of education transformation: ‘joy,’ ‘trust,’ ‘courage,’ ‘openness,’ and ‘connectedness, collaboration, and […]

Women in Space and Engineering

What’s largely missing in space and engineering? Women. Demand for engineers in the UK has never been stronger with Engineering UK predicting a requirement of 87,000 new engineers per annum for the next decade. In this context, it is difficult to understand why the UK’s engineering workforce still only contains 7% female staff. The number […]

Self Judgment & Its Discontents

“What a jerk!” “I’m an idiot” “WTF?” “Yes, but…” “That’s not the correct way!” “It ought to be like this.” “How could I be so stupid?” We tell these things to ourselves and others on an all too regular basis, to the point where it affects our productivity at work and in everyday life. How […]

Six Minds of the Whole New Engineer

David Goldberg and Mark Somerville’s A Whole New Engineer outlines the challenges facing engineering today and offers solutions on how to adapt to 21st century needs. Today’s civil engineer increasingly needs to combine the leadership spirit of the profession’s pioneering days in the 1800s with today’s technical and social knowledge and know-how. This situation calls on today’s civil […]