The Crucial Need to Modernize Engineering Education

Lyle Norman Long, Stephen Blanchette, Troy D. Kelley, Michael Hohnka

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This paper discusses the crucial need to modernize engineering education, and especially curricula. Engineering curricula have hardly changed over the last 30 years, while the world has been changing at an exponential rate. Students are being taught primarily applied physics, which is very mature, when they should also be learning about computing, software, systems, artificial intelligence, statistics, and big data. A review of job employment sites, federal reports, and industry needs supports these claims. Russia and China are modernizing rapidly, and educating millions of students in modern disciplines. The U.S. will be left behind if we do not change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2019
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781538668542
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2019
Event2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2019 - Big Sky, United States
Duration: Mar 2 2019Mar 9 2019

Publication series

NameIEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1095-323X


Conference2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2019
CountryUnited States
CityBig Sky


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

Cite this

Long, L. N., Blanchette, S., Kelley, T. D., & Hohnka, M. (2019). The Crucial Need to Modernize Engineering Education. In 2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2019 [8741981] (IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings; Vol. 2019-March). IEEE Computer Society.