This year’s Brunel Lecture Series on Complex Systems will be presented by Richard K. Miller, president of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. Miller’s talk, “From the Ground Up: A Comprehensive Systems Approach to the Redesign of Engineering Education,” will be at 4-5:30 p.m. in Bartos Theater, preceded by a reception in the Lower Atrium of E15.
Olin College was established with a very large gift from the F.W. Olin Foundation in 1997 for the specific purpose of creating a new paradigm for engineering education. It is one answer to the question: How could you address the educational imperatives of the 21st century within a four-year undergraduate engineering program if you could start over — from the ground up? This talk will outline the motivations, inquiries and research, methods used, and results of building an independent college tuned to this particular task. Miller will also share some of the challenges involved in managing a project of this magnitude.