Who are we?
Hacking Engineering is a gathering place for engineering faculty, researchers, students, technology innovators and anyone else that wants to think creatively about the next generation of problem solvers.
Here’s what we’re not: a task force to rehash the existing research and issue a big report calling for change (which, let’s face it, almost no one will read). We think we have a better idea: let’s start doing, not just talking, and let’s do it together.
What do we do?
We believe agile strategy and design thinking are disciplines that hold the keys to significant transformation. Think of Hacking Engineering as one of those collaboration spaces or fab labs with lots of round tables, whiteboards, markers, sticky notes, and prototyping materials (you’ll have to bring your own coffee). Join us to imagine new approaches, develop experiments, and report back on what you (and we) are learning about improving the way we prepare new engineers.
Why does it matter?
Simply put, the old ways don’t work anymore. Engineering education in the US took off in the second half of the 19th century as a way to power American industry (and later, defense). We’re not living in that world today – we need global-thinking, innovation-focused engineers who can solve a range of problems, big and small. The good news? We believe most of the people who can bring about this new kind of engineering education are already on the case – we just need to be connected with one another to share and accelerate the best approaches.