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Future of engineering examined Nov. 9

As part of the MacVicar Education Seminar Series, James J. Duderstadt, President Emeritus and Professor of Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, will be presenting "The Future of Engineering Practice, Research and Education: A 21st Century Flexner Report."

Powerful forces, including demographics, globalization and rapidly evolving technologies, are driving profound changes in the role and nature of engineering in society. During the past several years, numerous studies by the National Academies, federal agencies, business organizations and professional societies suggest the need for new paradigms in engineering practice, research and education to better serve a rapidly changing world. This talk will describe an effort to pull together these many perspectives and recommendations into a contemporary analog to the famous Flexner Report of 1910 that dramatically changed the nature of medical practice and education.

The MacVicar Education Seminar Series, in collaboration with the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education and the Teaching and Learning Laboratory, features speakers from both inside and outside of MIT who share information on topics of educational innovation with the MIT community.

The talk takes place Nov. 9, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Marlar Lounge 37-252. For more information, please see (PDF).

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 7, 2007 (download PDF).

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