Chapter 8—Creating Global Problem Solvers
This final chapter focuses on some of the choices confronting young engineering graduates today. Based on the scenario below, Bella graduates from Steadfast University and is considering several options, including starting a business with Kamillo. What advice would you give Bella? What are the most important changes we need to make in order to help develop the skills of new engineers so that they can become true global problem solvers?
THE SCENARIO: Will Engineers Be True Global Problem Solvers? In the United States, middle school student Bella attends a Maker Faire and is inspired to join the school's robotics team. In Zambia, young Kamillo examines his village's broken water pump and wonders how it can be repaired. Both young people have started on a path that could lead them to confront some of the largest challenges on the planet. How will each be prepared and empowered to be true problem solvers?
This video is part of the ASME Decision Point Dialogues series—an initiative designed to challenge thought leaders from industry, government, academia and NGOs to grapple with some of the most complex questions facing engineers and technologists today. The series raises awareness of existing conflict points and stimulates the kind of debate that leads to bold decision making and disruptive learning. In this first installment, the panel tackles the question of how to prepare and inspire generations of engineers to solve the most pressing global challenges.
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