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Title: Silicon Prairie Initiative on Robotics in Information Technology

Silicon Prairie Initiative on Robotics in
Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Is Fun!!!

The word engineer has its roots in the Latin word
ingeniator, which means ingenious, to devise in
the sense of construct, or craftsmanship.
Several other words are related to ingeniator,
including ingenuity.
Engineering Notebook
  • A significant fraction of engineering time is
    used just writing things down in the book.
  • If it isnt documented, it didnt happen.

Engineers and Scientists
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Identify the problem or design objective
  • Define goals and identify constraints
  • Research and gather information
  • Create potential solutions
  • Analyze the viability of the solutions
  • Choose the most appropriate solution
  • Implement the solution
  • Test and evaluate the design
  • Repeat ALL steps as necessary

What Do Engineers Do?
  • Engineers maintain and improve our quality of

Convergent (left brain) and Divergent (right
brain) Thinking
Ethics and Design
  • Ethics problems are like design problems
  • Open-ended, non-formulaic
  • No unique, correct answer
  • Both apply a large body of knowledge to the
    solution of the problem.
  • Both involve the use of analytical skills.
  • Both use heuristics for the search.

21st Century Challenges
  • International Competitiveness
  • Rebuilding the Infrastructure
  • Air and Water Pollution
  • Energy

  • Concurrent engineering demands consideration of
    the complete life cycle of the product, process,
    or project.
  • Design for
  • Manufacturability
  • Affordability
  • Reliability
  • Sustainability
  • Quality

Computer Engineering
Computer Science
To engineer is human. To be human is to engineer.
Silicon Prairie Initiative on Robotics in
Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Is Cool!

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1970-2003 Degrees
Engineering Degrees
Women Engineers
Messages for Students
  • An engineering education is valuable as the basis
    for a variety of careers.
  • Engineering offers challenges, excitement,
    opportunities, and satisfaction.
  • Engineering is worthwhile, challenging, fun, and
    within reach.
  • An engineering career provides flexibility that
    allows for family life choices and helping
  • Its not as complicated as you think. Anyone can
    understand the principles of engineering.
  • Engineering is a collection of diverse fields
    that need people with diverse talents,
    experiences, creativity, and entrepreneurial
  • Math (and science and technology) literacy will
    open doors in your future.
  • Math is the alphabet of science and engineering.
  • The excitement of engineering is that engineers
    create something that has not been for the good
    of humanity.
  • Engineering includes a variety of fields of study
    and occupations.
  • Math is challenging. Competition is not limited
    to sports.
  • Engineers are not what people expect.
  • Engineering is a springboard to many career

Messages for Parents, Teachers, and Guidance
  • Students must take the tough courses if they want
    to enter a college of engineering.
  • Engineering features low unemployment.
  • Engineers are creative and human.
  • If you like math, youll love engineering.
  • If you like solving problems, wait till you hear
    what engineers can do.
  • Engineering offers a lifetime of interesting work.

Messages for the Engineering Community
  • Engineering is a core competency necessary to
    solve the complex technical and environmental
    challenges facing our customers and stakeholders.
  • Engineering is a lions profession.
  • Engineering provides innovative solutions to
    societal problems.
  • Engineers make use of both old and new knowledge
    to solve practical problems.
  • Engineering plays an influential role in the
    burgeoning fields of bioethics, national
    security, and others.
  • Engineering is a profession for leaders.

Messages for Policy Makers and Opinion Leaders
  • Engineers are responsible for the high standard
    of living in the United States.
  • Engineering builds societies. Engineering
    advances economies.
  • Engineering is integral to societys progress and
    a countrys ability to produce wealth.
  • The United States cant expect to continue to
    solve its problems by importing technical talent
    from developing countries.
  • Engineers are technology-literate citizens.
  • Global competitiveness demands that many of the
    best and brightest students enroll in
  • If engineering enrollments continue to decline,
    our nation will face a severe competitive and
    economic crisis.

Both available from the National Academies Press
NAE Aspirations for 2020
  • By 2020, we aspire to a public that will
    understand and appreciate the profound impact of
    the engineering profession on sociocultural
    systems, the full spectrum of career
    opportunities accessible through an engineering
    education, and the value of an engineering
    education to engineers working successfully in
    nonengineering jobs.

NAE Aspirations for 2020
  • We aspire to engineers in 2020 who will remain
    well grounded in the basics of mathematics and
    science, and who will expand their vision of
    design through a solid grounding in the
    humanities, social sciences, and economics.
    Emphasis on the creative process will allow more
    effective leadership in the development and
    application of next-generation technologies to
    problems of the future.

NAE Aspirations for 2020
  • We aspire to an engineering profession that will
    rapidly embrace the potentialities offered by
    creativity, invention, and cross-disciplinary
    fertilization to create and accommodate new
    fields of endeavor, including those that require
    openness to interdisciplinary efforts with
    nonengineering disciplines such as science,
    social science, and business.

NAE Aspirations for 2020
  • By 2020 we aspire to engineers who will assume
    leadership positions from which they can serve as
    positive influences in the making of public
    policy and in the administration of government
    and industry.

NAE Aspirations for 2020
  • We aspire to an engineering profession that will
    effectively recruit, nurture, and welcome
    underrepresented groups to its ranks.

NAE Aspirations for 2020
  • It is our aspiration that engineers will continue
    to be leaders in the movement toward use of wise,
    informed, and economical sustainable development.
    This should begin in our educational institutions
    and be founded in the basic tenets of the
    engineering profession and its actions.

NAE Aspirations for 2020
  • We aspire to a future where engineers are
    prepared to adapt to changes in global forces and
    trends and to ethically assist the world in
    creating a balance in the standard of living for
    developing and developed countries alike.

NAE Aspirations for 2020
  • Our aspiration is to shape the engineering
    curriculum for 2020 so as to be responsive to the
    disparate learning styles of different student
    populations and attractive for all those seeking
    a full and well-rounded education that prepares a
    person for a creative and productive life and
    positions of leadership.

Attributes of the 21st Century Engineer
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Practical ingenuity
  • Creativity
  • Communication skills
  • Business and management skills
  • leadership skills
  • High ethical standards and a strong sense of
  • Dynamism, agility, resilience, and flexibility
  • Lifelong learner