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Catalyzing a Scholarly Community

Engineering careers are being reshaped and reimagined by rapid technological change, intensified globalization trends, new cross-disciplinary interactions, demographic shifts, and changing organizational structures. In response to these trends, organizations such as ABET, Inc., the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are leading the charge to improve the alignment of engineering education with the demands of professional practice, potentially revolutionizing how current and future engineers are prepared to excel and thrive as innovators, leaders, and change agents. Yet, how much is known about the diverse and multi-faceted realities of engineering practice, and how can this knowledge be used to improve the education and training of engineers across career stages? While the number of conference papers, journal articles, and research grants in the field that are wholly or mainly concerned with studies of engineering practice continues to grow, more scholarly work is needed for engineering education to keep pace with the evolving nature of professional practice.

This project appraises the current state of research on engineering practice, while working to seed and grow an emerging scholarly community that is well positioned to carry out evidence-based transformations of engineering education programs in both academic and industry settings. A 1.5 day workshop will be convened in Fall 2018 to bring together a diverse group of scholars, educators, and industry representatives to grow a community and collaboratively investigate the current state of research on engineering practice.

  • Focus: Engineering Practice
  • Funder: National Science Foundation
  • Team: Alexandra Coso Strong (FIU Faculty Lead), Samantha Brunhaver, Arizona State University, Brent Jesiek Purdue University, Russell Korte George Washington University
  • Award Number: 1854814
  • Contact: Alexandra Coso Strong (astrong@fiu.edu)