Engineer of the Future 3.0: Unleashing Student Engagement in and for the Transformation of Engineering Education

Students, faculty, corporate leaders, and friends of engineering education from around the world will gather on November 14–15, 2010 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to discuss the theme of Unleashing Student Engagement in and for the Transformation of Engineering Education. This intensive, student-run and student-centered summit will feature keynote speaker Daniel Pink—author of four provocative books about the changing world of work—including the New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind and Drive—discussing “Drive: What the Science of Motivation Can Teach You about High Performance.”


A cooperative effort of the Olin-Illinois Partnership, Engineer of the Future 3.0 aims to continue the conversation that began in 2009 at the Summit on the Engineer of the Future 2.0 (EotF 2.0) held at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and to take it in a different direction. In particular, we observe that the conversation about change in engineering education has been almost entirely restricted to discussions among faculty members and, to a lesser extent, to conversations with those who hire engineers. Interestingly, those with the most to gain or lose from the success or failure of engineering education transformation efforts, our students, have largely been absent or excluded from the conversation.


Engineering education is attempting to move from the “sage on the stage” to the “guide on the side;” however, the language of these two phrases still makes the “sage” and the “guide”—the professor—the prime actor in the educational process. The viewpoint to be explored at EotF3.0 is how to make students the prime movers of their own educations—as well as how to get student engagement to be a more powerful force in transforming engineering education.



Student Blog

Students have created a special blog forum www.eotf3forum.com for this student-centered event.