In April 2009, the Summit on the Engineer of the Future 2.0 (EotF 2.0) was held at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts. The motivation for that meeting was to recommit ourselves to the transformation of engineering education in the face of continuing organizational, conceptual, and practical obstacles. At that meeting, attendees heard from motivational speakers such as Karan Watson, Vice-Provost at Texas A&M, who talked about organizational obstacles, and MIT’s Woodie Flowers, who envisioned a radically different model for producing classroom materials. We also came together in breakout sessions that included faculty, administrators, corporations, friends, and students.


Engineer of the Future 3.0 aims to continue the conversation of EotF 2.0 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.


Engineer of the Future 3.0 Student Vision Statement

We invite you—students, faculty, industry leaders—to Engineer of the Future 3.0. This invite is a call to the senior engineering students and young alumni who look back on their years of engineering school and ask what they have learned amidst the endless homework problems and countless lectures. This invite is a call to the freshmen who want to explore their love of engineering, beyond mere competition and narrow specialization. It is a call to the students who wonder how to find fulfilling life work that engages their passions and to students who always knew that they wanted to make their own path, but need help charting that course.


EotF 3.0 will bring together faculty and industry leaders with students for an intense and thought- provoking conversation—initiated by dynamic leaders in engineering education—and providing practical ideas to take back with you to your institution.


This invite is also a call to the professors who aim to engage their students in the activity of learning and to industry leaders who seek students capable of insight, creativity, and entrepreneurial passion.


Society relies upon engineering minds for continued growth. To support this growth, the conventional methods traditionally used to teach engineers must be reshaped. These words are put forth to summon those who will step forward to innovate engineering education. Every person—faculty, students, and friends of engineering education—who rises to this call will embrace the challenges and triumphs together. It begins now, with an open conversation. It begins with one vision of change, one movement, and one conference: Engineer of the Future 3.0.


The Olin-Illinois Partnership

Olin College is a small, private institution with a remarkable record of curricular, pedagogical, and programmatic innovation in its relatively short history. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a large, public institution with a remarkable record of excellence in research and education over its long history. Both institutions understand the importance of transforming the nature of engineering education to match the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century. The Olin-Illinois Partnership commits both organizations to work together to advance fundamental, principled, and widespread change in engineering education through exchanges, programs, and other forms of institutional cooperation. The Engineer of the Future Summits 2.0 and 3.0 are one of the fruits of their cooperative efforts.


The Alliance for Promotion of Innovation in Engineering Education

The Alliance for Promotion of Innovation in Engineering Education (aPIE2) is an outgrowth of Olin and Illinois’ efforts to effect reform in engineering education through a larger alliance of like-minded institutions.  The alliance brings together national and international schools and colleges of engineering interested in promoting curriculum transformation around the country and the globe. The intent of aPIE2 is to form a large, trusted grassroots network of institutions that will advance change through the open sharing of best practices, content, curriculum, pedagogical materials, and student-learning outcomes data.


The EotF 3.0 event has been organized through the cooperative efforts of faculty, staff, and student leaders in the College of Engineering and iFoundry (the Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education at Illinois), and the Olin College of Engineering.