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Innovations in Continuing Engineering Education

8 December 2015
12 noon Eastern Standard Time U.S.A. | 17:00 Porto | 18:00 Central Europe

Presenter: Marc Goossens, Executive Director of the European Society for Engineers and Industrialists (SEII), Belgium

Moderator: Soma Chakrabarti, Director, Professional and Continuing Studies, University of Delaware, USA

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To better understand what is presently at stake in engineering education in general and in continuing engineering education in particular, and why innovation is and will be of essential importance in the future, we shall first explain, through both the law of entropy and the Red Queen principle, why life on earth can be summarized by the motto “innovate or die”. We will also consider technological innovation, asserting and demonstrating that a man without technology is not a man, but also that human beings have, in general, a misunderstanding of the role of technology and of the practical implication of the increasing pace of its development. With these principles, it becomes obvious that technological innovation must be incorporated into education, but it remains to be decided what type of innovation has to be implemented, and how and at what pace it should be done. This is why we shall make a leap into the future, in order to have an idea of what type of society we are going to live in within a few decades and what “tools” people in general, and engineers in particular, will need to make a living in that time. Finally, coming back to the present and considering the six forces that act on the innovation process, we shall outline the direction that we should take, particularly in continuing engineering education.


Marc GOOSSENS gained his M.Ph.Sc. (‘Physicist’ Engineer) from the University of Liège (Belgium) in 1966. He successively worked in applied R&D (mechanical industry), in the field of the collaboration between university and industry (University of Liège), as an insurance broker (family portfolio), and as a self-employed trainer of engineers in business (under licence of Teknosell AB – Sweden). He also developed a strong interest for such disciplines as psychology, epistemology, philosophy and cognitive sciences. Marc retired in 2009, but has remained active, on a voluntarily basis, as an Executive Director of the European Society for Engineers and Industrialists (SEII) in Brussels (since 2005), and as a member of the Council of IACEE since 2014. Marc’s diversity of experience and knowledge has lead him to become involved in the foundations of engineering education, including a number of presentations at international conferences on this topic, and he is also in the process of writing a book about Innovation in Engineering Education.