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The engineer of the future?

Goldberg Prof. David E. Goldberg is giving a talk about the technology professional of the future. The talk will be held in Enginyeria i Arquitectura La Salle on December 10 at 17:00. Go here to sign up. In what follows, the further information about the talk is provided.

Title: The Creativity Imperative and the Technology Professional of the Future

Speaker: David E. Goldberg, Co-Director, Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education

Abstract: The world (1) is apparently flat, (2) is being given over to a rising creative class, and (3) requires a whole new mind, but a common conclusion drawn from authors such as Friedman, Florida, and Pink is that technology professionals in advanced economies must excel at creating new categories of product and service, as returns to routine engineering/technology labor are declining because of the ease with which these tasks may be outsourced. This talk starts by examining the setting after World War 2 that has largely shaped engineering and technology education of the recent era. It continues by discussing the techno-economic forces that have affected the intervening time, and it considers recent work by Price in others to understand the essential characteristics and habits of tech visionaries (TVs) who currently help major companies create value through the effective bootstrapping of entirely new product lines. The talk concludes by discussing the newly established Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education, including crucial organizational, content, and delivery innovations designed to promote effective and viral curriculum reform.

Bio: David E. Goldberg, a leader in the field of genetic algorithms, is the Jerry S. Dobrovolny Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also co-founder and chief scientist of ShareThis Inc., a web2.0 startup company. Trained as a civil engineer at the University of Michigan, where he earned his B.S.E. and took his Ph.D. in 1983, Dr. Goldberg has held positions at Michigan, Alabama, and Illinois. He is co-chair of the inaugural and 2nd Workshop on Philosophy and Engineering (TUDelft & the Royal Academy of Engineeirng), and he was recently name co-director the Illinois Foundation for Innovation in Engineering Education. . Among many honors, he is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, a Wickenden Award presented by the American Society for Engineering Education, and an Outstanding Instructor Award presented by the National Technological University . In addition to articles in professional journals, he is the author of two books on genetic algorithms, the widely-cited Genetic Algorithms in Search, Organization, and Machine Learning (1989) and The Design of Innovation (2002), and, most recently, The Entrepreneurial Engineer, which was published in 2006 by Wiley.

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