The Center for the New Engineer was established in August 1993 as
an ongoing, interdisciplinary investigation into the education of
engineers and scientists for the knowledge society of the
21st century. Engineers have an opportunity and
responsibility to lead society to an understanding that the Internet is
not only a worldwide network of communicating computers but also is a
place where communities form and where human concerns are dealt with.
- Knowledge is the capacity for effective action in a domain.
Engineers who can can act to solve problems and
satisfy clients will be in highest demand. Engineers need
practical knowledge as well as theoretical.
- Education is an unending process of increasing one's
competence. Engineers must see every breakdown, and every
project, as an opportunity for learning. A significant part of
their education is the hands-on, practical, training sessions
they encounter in professional practice.
- Innovation comes from new ideas, new competence, and new products.
Engineering schools can strengthen their research programs by
engaging with all three, not just the first. They can strengthen
their curriculum by coupling research with it.
- The engineering school is part of a larger community of
schools including K-12 and community colleges. It should be
linked with these others to effect technology transfer and ensure
proper preparation of students.
Every CNE project depends integrally on computing and telecommunications
technology to support human practices and concerns. No CNE project
is considered a success unless it results in new actions by our
students, faculty, and others.
Last updated 5/28/98.