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American Society for Engineering EducationOCTOBER 2007Volume 17 | Number 2 PRISM HOMETABLE OF CONTENTSBACK ISSUES
FEATURES
COVER STORY: BANGALORE-JOLT - INDIA’S RAPID HIGH-TECH GROWTH HAS FUELED A HUGE DEMAND FOR WELL-TRAINED ENGINEERS. STARTUPS, INDUSTRY, RETURNING EXPATRIATES AND EVEN A SPIRITUAL LEADER—THE ‘HUGGING SAINT’—OFFER INNOVATIVE WAYS TO FILL THE VOID. BUT ARE THEIR EFFORTS ENOUGH? BY LUCILLE CRAFT
FEATURE: 2 FOR 1 - IN PUTTING ITS BUSINESS AND ENGINEERING SCHOOLS UNDER ONE ROOF, PENN STATE BEHREND AIMS TO FOSTER CREATIVE TEAMWORK WHILE MAKING ITS STUDENTS ATTRACTIVE TO INDUSTRY.  BY MARY LORD
FEATURE: EDUCATOR FOR THE REAL WORLD - JIM MELSA WANTED TO CHANGE HOW ENGINEERING IS TAUGHT, EVEN IF IT MADE HIM ‘A PAIN IN THE NECK.’ BY PIERRE HOME-DOUGLAS

DEPARTMENTS
COMMENTS
CONTRIBUTORS
BRIEFINGS
DATABYTES
REFRACTIONS: LAUNCHING A CAREER - BY HENRY PETROSKI
CLASSIFIEDS
LAST WORD: Saving the Marriage - BY PAUL PEERCY

TEACHING TOOLBOX
Walking the Line - Ethics courses give students an understanding of the dilemmas they will face in the workplace—and the confidence to make wise choices. BY ALICE DANIEL
JEE SELECTS: The Case for Inductive Teaching - BY RICHARD FELDER AND MICHAEL PRINCE
ON THE SHELF: Stunning Growth, Stubborn Problems - BY ROBIN TATU


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COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLISHER: Big Ambition, Big Challenge Frank L. Huband
 


This summer, ASEE participated in an Indo-U.S. collaborative for Engineering Education, which took a group of U.S. engineering education leaders—including ASEE President Jim Melsa—to India. We were hosted by Infosys on its Mysore campus and met with the then president of India and a number of engineering, science, government and corporate leaders in New Delhi. In Bangalore, we glimpsed firsthand some of the country’s remarkable successes but also some struggles. India’s swift ascent, fueled by its warp-speed high-technology growth, has splashed the country into the U.S. media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Time magazine. Thus, this month’s Prism cover story, “Heave Ho,” offers a timely and thoughtful look at India’s challenge to prepare enough well-qualified engineers to match its 21st-century ambitions. India’s educational system for engineers is outdated; it can’t pay good instructors close to what they can earn in private industry. New institutions attempt to fill the void, with industry support, but the question remains: Are these efforts enough?

It isn’t only in India where good professors are lured away by private industry. In “Educator for the Real World,” a profile of Jim Melsa, we learn that Tellabs Inc. recruited Melsa from Notre Dame, where he was comfortably working as department chair. A decade later, however, Melsa would return to academia as Iowa State’s dean of engineering, bringing industry experience and seeking to change the way engineering is taught.

In an innovative effort, Penn State Behrend is placing engineering and business students under one roof to get each group to learn from the other, acquiring the skills that will make both more attractive to industry—and more successful. Penn State Behrend’s $30 million Research and Economic Development Center was two decades in the making, and it has produced something of a culture clash. But while Chancellor Jack Burke admits “it’s a work in progress,” the school can’t train students fast enough for employers who are snapping up the business-savvy engineering grads at hefty starting salaries.

For your enjoyment, Engineering, Go For It! has been included with this issue of Prism. This is the third edition of our very popular ASEE K-12 publication. Over 300,000 copies of this latest edition have been distributed, and a total of more than 1 million copies of all editions are in circulation.

As always, I would welcome hearing your comments and suggestions.

Frank L. Huband
Executive Director and Publisher
f.huband@asee.org

 

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