Global Engineering and the Liberal Arts
Steven H. VanderLeest, Edward G. Nielsen
Design that targets emerging global markets requires not only good business
sense, but also requires an understanding of foreign cultures. Students
can achieve this broad understanding of society and humanity through education
in the liberal arts. We have developed a new course that integrates global
engineering and the liberal arts by immersing the students for one month
in the engineering, business, and cultural aspects of a foreign (European)
society. The course combines a number of creative approaches, including
visits to a wide range of engineering sites in the commercial, academic,
and government domains; a multidisciplinary team of faculty; and involvement
of a larger segment of the home campus through a set of Internet web pages.
Students achieve a number of important outcomes: discerning cultural differences,
cultivating non-technical interests, developing critical thinking, and
understanding global markets.
Steven H. VanderLeest and Edward G. Nielsen, "Global Engineering and the Liberal Arts," 1998 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference, Seattle, WA, 1998.
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