The Continuing Challenge of Engineering Education

by Arthur G. Hansen, Pres.; Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 3, Pg. 351-357

Document Type: Journal Paper


A review is given of existing academic programs for today's engineering students. There is a recent decline in engineering enrollments, in particular a decline in the percentage of freshman enrolling in engineering. There is a vanishing distinction between the various departments of engineering. For example, aeronautical engineering is increasing its emphasis to problems concerning transportation and large-scale systems design. The flexibility of most engineering curricula must be increased. A public relations effort is required on behalf of both engineering education and the engineering profession. Central to the solution of most of the problems in engineering education is faculty selection.

Subject Headings: Engineering education | Aerospace engineering | Engineering profession | Students | Systems engineering | Transportation engineering | Curricula | Public opinions

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