diversity of career choice offered to an engineering graduate has never
been greater. In Living Color looks at one such choice.
As digital art makes its way into the serious high arts, interdisciplinary
programs are surfacing in both art schools and engineering colleges.
With computers a mainstay in art classrooms, digital art provides a
connection that brings engineers and artists together. These trends
indicate that future artists will need to be fluent in technology, and
that engineering will be the humanities degree of the 21st century,
essential to the education of all students.
engineers are not always thought of as saviors of the environment, some
of our valuable contributions may be too little known. The article Lending
Mother Nature a Hand looks at how engineers at different universities
are building a better environment through the construction of wetlands.
Constructed wetlands, like natural wetlands, can treat contaminated
water, filter out pesticides and fertilizers, and contribute to saving
the environment. Going a step further, these engineers are working
to add value by building a wetland that may variously raise the water
table, develop a riparian habitat for wildlife, or support growth of
plant life like bamboo that can be harvested as building material. Schools
engaged in wetland construction have also found that such engineering
projects provide real-world experiences in the required collaboration
among engineers, biologists, ecologists, and hydrologists.
Change in Course looks at how schools, both in New York
and beyond, are working to address the impact of September 11. Cooper
Union, a mile from the World Trade Center, has held a series of forums
on subjects ranging from understanding Islam to explaining structurally
why the buildings fell. Engineering schools are working to incorporate
what happened into the subject matter of their courses. Many faculty
have become more involved in work related to security and surveillance,
and foreign language study is receiving greater emphasis.
Under the Microscope examines the growing pressure for mandatory
post-tenure review. Over half of the states have begun or are considering
some form of mandatory tenure review for their publicly funded institutions.
The article raises the question of whether or not post-tenure review
threatens academic freedom.
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