Restructuring engineering education: an alternate professional model

James M. Tien

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Engineering education is beset by many of the same challenges that have affected American industry. Much has been recommended and implemented to improve engineering education. However, the traditional structure of engineering education remains, even though current exigencies require a fundamental restructuring. A Professional Model is proposed herein as an alternative to the traditional structure; it serves to mitigate the growing cost of education, overcome the decreasing quality of high school graduates, meet the growing need for professional engineers, and enhance the link between research and engineering education. Further, the Professional Model is responsive to the needs of the 21st century and should enhance the engineering profession and raise the self-esteem of American engineers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)620-625
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
StatePublished - Dec 1 1995
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1995 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics. Part 2 (of 5) - Vancouver, BC, Can
Duration: Oct 22 1995Oct 25 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Hardware and Architecture


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