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Lifelong Learning Imperative in Engineering

Summary of a Workshop

Debasish Dutta

Rapporteur and Program Chair

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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academy of Engineering. 2010. Lifelong Learning Imperative in Engineering: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12866.
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THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

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The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit, self-perpetuating society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare. Upon the authority of the charter granted to it by the Congress in 1863, the Academy has a mandate that requires it to advise the federal government on scientific and technical matters. Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone is president of the National Academy of Sciences.


The National Academy of Engineering was established in 1964, under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences, as a parallel organization of outstanding engineers. It is autonomous in its administration and in the selection of its members, sharing with the National Academy of Sciences the responsibility for advising the federal government. The National Academy of Engineering also sponsors engineering programs aimed at meeting national needs, encourages education and research, and recognizes the superior achievements of engineers. Dr. Charles M. Vest is president of the National Academy of Engineering.


The Institute of Medicine was established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences to secure the services of eminent members of appropriate professions in the examination of policy matters pertaining to the health of the public. The Institute acts under the responsibility given to the National Academy of Sciences by its congressional charter to be an adviser to the federal government and, upon its own initiative, to identify issues of medical care, research, and education. Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg is president of the Institute of Medicine.


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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academy of Engineering. 2010. Lifelong Learning Imperative in Engineering: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12866.
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ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR WORKSHOP ON THE LIFELONG LEARNING IMPERATIVE

LINDA P.B. KATEHI, Chair,

Drexel University

JOHN SEELY BROWN,

University of Southern California

JAMES J. DUDERSTADT,

University of Michigan

PATRICK NATALE,

American Society of Civil Engineers

JAMES J. PORTER,

DuPont

ELIZABETH SHANAHAN,

Society of Women Engineers

PHILIP T. WOODROW,

Merck & Company

WM. A. WULF,

University of Virginia

Rapporteur and Program Chair

DEBASISH DUTTA,

University of Illinois and CASEE Scholar in Residence

Staff

NORMAN L. FORTENBERRY, Director,

Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education

JASON O. WILLIAMS, Senior Financial Assistant

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Acknowledgments

The committee wishes to thank the individuals that participated in the June 2009 workshop on the lifelong learning imperative. The conversations and insights gained in that workshop provided excellent guidance for the structure of this report. Dr Anthony Walters assisted in preparing this workshop summary. Myles Boylan, Ping Ge, Carol Stoel and Anthony Walters assisted in the workshop breakout sessions. Special thanks are extended to the National Science Foundation for partial support of this activity under grant DGE-0829142. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the recommendation in this publication are those of the author or workshop attendees and not necessarily those of the National Science Foundation or the National Academy of Engineering.


This workshop summary has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the author and the NAE in making the published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the workshop summary meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this workshop summary:

Nelson Baker, Georgia Institute of Technology

Rodica A. Baranescu, Navistar International Corporation

John A. Casazza, American Society of Civil Engineers

Donald Keating, University of South Carolina

Sean Newell, Ford Learning and Development

Betty Shanahan, Society of Women Engineers

Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this workshop summary was overseen by Alice Agogino, University of California, Berkeley. She was responsible for making sure that the independent examination of this workshop summary was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this workshop summary rests entirely with the author and the institution.

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The 21st century is witnessing a rapid increase in the pace of knowledge creation in the sciences and engineering. Competing in this global economy requires a science and engineering workforce that is consistently at the technological forefront. Dr. Charles Vest, President of the National Academy of Engineering, in a speech at the University of Michigan on October 15, 2007, put it simply: prospering in the knowledge age requires people with knowledge.

The purpose of the Lifelong Learning Imperative Workshop, summarized in this volume, was to consider learning opportunities for the engineering professional. The participants in the workshop addressed the necessity of lifelong learning, the history of continuing education, possible delivery systems, systems used by other professions, and the current state of learning when viewed in the light of the rapid rate of technological change.

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