Engineering grand challenges and the attributes of the global engineer: a literature review

Aida Guerra, Ron Ulseth, Bart Jonhson, Anette Kolmos

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Technology has been changing world in ways never imagined. The ever-evolving society and rapid development posed different demands and challenges to the engineering profession. Addressing these challenges means to re-vision and reform the ways we educate future engineers and the attributes need to be enhanced. This paper reports a literature review with aim to (1) understand the different stakeholders’ perspectives, namely students, educators, and employers, (2) understand the profile of the global engineer (i.e. knowledge, competences and skills), and (3) outline and discuss learning strategies. As a result, the paper presents the main gaps in the existing knowledge, formulates research hypothesis, and proposes a research design for a follow up empirical study to investigate further the engineering grand challenges, the attributes needed to solve them, and the learning environments required.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017 : Education Excellence for Sustainability
EditorsJosé Carlos Quadrado, Jorge Bernardino, Joao Rocha
Place of PublicationBelgium
PublisherSEFI: European Association for Engineering Education
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)978-989-98875-7-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event45TH SEFI ANNUAL CONFERENCE - Angra do Heroísmo – Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal
Duration: 18 Sep 201721 Sep 2017


LocationAngra do Heroísmo – Terceira Island,
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