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Engineering Education: The Nature of the Crisis

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desengret
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Real Engineers should teach
desengret   12/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
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Engineering Professors should be taken from real world practicing profesional engineers. Not just professors who may or may not know anything about engineering. I was a senior in highschool when I first experienced teaching from a real engineer. He became sick of the party with rich client alcohol B.S. and quit to teach instead. He was trained as and spent time being a chemical engineer. I would say he knew more than all of my other teachers combined. At the small college I attended I lucked out bigtime my atomic physics professor was from the atomic energy commission at Oak Ridge, Tenn. None of my clases had more than 10 students which left a lot of 1on1 question and answer time. My other professors were all fine but not outstanding.

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THE NATURE OF THE CRISIS
bobjengr   9/21/2013 8:33:27 PM
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 Great post.  Very informative.  I graduated in 1966 from a public university and can state with some degree of pride that the engineering professors I had would go the distance with a student who demonstrated maximum effort.  Not that all were excellent, but for the most part they did understand they were the key to our graduation.  I was lucky in that most were American, spoke English, wrote the book, etc etc.  These were the days when it was possible to have a professor who not only had "book learning" but practical experience also.  I had no classes taught by a TA.  I think today that would never be the case.  Again, I was lucky.

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