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Diversifying Engineering Education: A Transdisciplinary Approach From RWTH Aachen University

Diversifying Engineering Education: A Transdisciplinary Approach From RWTH Aachen University
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Author(s): Linda Steuer (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), Anna Bouffier (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), Sonja Gaedicke (RWTH Aachen University, Germany) and Carmen Leicht-Scholten (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 35
Source title: Strategies for Increasing Diversity in Engineering Majors and Careers
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Monica Gray (Lincoln University, USA) and Ken D. Thomas (Auburn University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2212-6.ch010

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Abstract

Engineers and therefore engineering education are challenged by the increasing complexity of questions to be answered globally. The education of future engineers therefore has to answer with curriculums that build up relevant skills. This chapter will give an example how to bring engineering and social responsibility successful together to build engineers of tomorrow. Through the integration of gender and diversity perspectives, engineering research and teaching is expanded with new perspectives and contents providing an important potential for innovation. Aiming on the enhancement of engineering education with distinctive competencies beyond technical expertise, the teaching approach introduced in the chapter represents key factors to ensure that coming generations of engineers will be able to meet the requirements and challenges a changing globalized world holds for them. The chapter will describe how this approach successfully has been implemented in the curriculum in engineering of a leading technical university in Germany.

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