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A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering Education

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This book tells the improbable stories of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, a small startup in Needham, Massachusetts, with aspirations to be a beacon to engineering education everywhere, and the iFoundry incubator at the University of Illinois, an unfunded pilot program with aspirations to change engi- neering at a large public university that wasn’t particularly i ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by ThreeJoy Associates, Inc (first published September 17th 2014)
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Athena
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Whole New Engineer identifies key emotional and cultural changes necessary to educate innovative engineers for the 21st century. As an engineering student, the ideas presented in the book truly resonated with me because I had always assumed educational reform was in the hands of administrators, professors, and policy makers and emphasized curriculum and pedagogy. This book presents the greater challenge of transforming the culture of engineering education and strategies for reform and offered ...more
Danielle
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Whole New Engineer is a book for anyone who wants to join the movement in transforming engineering education. As an Canadian engineering graduate myself, I am passionate about engineering education, and the ideas and ideals in A Whole New Engineer are exactly what universities need to be listening to.

There is so much to learn from the transformation stories Olin College and iFoundary at the University of Illinois. The success of iFoundary in an established engineering program gives hope for en
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John Kelley
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
A very readable text. The beginning and the formation of Olin was the most interesting part of the book, but can certainly appreciate the points made about the desire for transformation of engineering education. No doubt that it is an uphill battle. Seems to me that it should start at the K-12 level. If students are brought up in these environments, they will help to transform even more rapidly their education at the next level. The authors talk about ownership by the students, so seems to me th ...more
Julie
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This is a fascinating book about the current state of engineering education, and specifically the experiment going on at Olin College of Engineering to revolutionize how we educate and motivate new engineers. As someone who has a master's degree in engineering, I found it interesting to read why engineering education is so structured for a field that values creativity and innovation.

I definitely recommend this to anyone who is in the field of engineering education, or has a college bound studen
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Judebert
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While the book makes a convincing argument for changing engineering education, it often wanders into dry, uninspiring territory. Folks who are interested in the topic will find this an outstanding read; those who are looking for the excitement of "The Coming Revolution" will have to look elsewhere.
Allen Downey
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent presentation of the history of Olin College and the iFoundry at UIUC, explaining in depth the motivation for the new schools and the impact they have had so far.
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Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm biased, but I loved getting to read about Olin as an external observer.
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