Appendix A

Forum Agenda

Annual Meeting Forum

Educating Engineers:
Preparing 21st Century Leaders in the Context of New Modes of Learning


Monday, October 1, 2012
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time
National Academy of Sciences Building
Washington, D.C.

Engineering education is changing in the United States and around the world. Forces include integration with new science, particularly nanoscale science and biology; increased emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship to drive economic growth; accelerating speed, complexity, and globalization of engineering functions; preparation of graduates to address the Grand Challenges; empowering a more diverse population of young American engineers; renewing a commitment to design and production; and developing new approaches to large-scale engineering systems that must engage society. As in all of higher education, there also are vast challenges such as declining financial support and equally vast opportunities such as the approaching tsunami of interactive online learning and massively open online courses.

What lies ahead? What are the ramifications for engineering schools? In this year’s Forum, Educating Engineers: Preparing 21st Century Leaders in the Context of New Modes of Learning, an expert panel will explore



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Appendix A Forum Agenda Annual Meeting Forum Educating Engineers: Preparing 21st Century Leaders in the Context of New Modes of Learning Monday, October 1, 2012 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time National Academy of Sciences Building Washington, D.C. Engineering education is changing in the United States and around the world. Forces include integration with new science, particularly nanoscale science and biology; increased emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship to drive economic growth; accelerating speed, com- plexity, and globalization of engineering functions; preparation of grad- uates to address the Grand Challenges; empowering a more diverse population of young American engineers; renewing a commitment to design and production; and developing new approaches to large-scale engineering systems that must engage society. As in all of higher educa- tion, there also are vast challenges such as declining financial support and equally vast opportunities such as the approaching tsunami of inter- active online learning and massively open online courses. What lies ahead? What are the ramifications for engineering schools? In this year’s Forum, Educating Engineers: Preparing 21st Century Leaders ­ in the Context of New Modes of Learning, an expert panel will explore 29

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30 APPENDIX A many facets of these challenges and opportunities and offer guidance on the roles and responsibilities of 21st century engineering educators. Welcome Charles M. Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering Moderator: Ali Velshi, Anchor and Chief Business Correspondent, CNN Forum Discussion Forum Participants: Anant Agarwal, President, edX and Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Linda P. Katehi, Chancellor, University of California, Davis Salman Khan, Founder of the Khan Academy Richard K. Miller, President of Olin College Richard (Rick) Stephens, Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Administration, The Boeing Company Tuula Teeri, President, Aalto University, Finland