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Tailoring engineering education to the demands of an innovation economy

Paul Johnson and students flash pitchfork

Paul Johnson, dean of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, joins students in a display of school spirit – flashing the ASU Sun Devil “pitchfork” hand sign. In a recent TV interview, Johnson talked about his schools’ effort to provide engineering majors with creative, hands-on learning environments. Photo by Jessica Slater/ASU

Posted September 27, 2012

Many of the nation’s most experienced engineers are expected to retire within the next several years. At the same time, demand is rising for more engineers with new knowledge and skill sets sought by both established and emerging industries driven by rapid technological advances.

Arizona State University has realigned its engineering education endeavors to produce new engineers who can meet the needs of companies striving to maintain a competitive edge in today’s innovation economy.

In a TV interview on the KAET Channel 8 Horizon public affairs show, Paul Johnson, dean of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, talks about what his schools are doing to entice younger generations to experience the excitement of engineering – and to provide today’s college engineering majors with learning environments that nurture the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit required of 21st-century engineers.

He also discusses efforts to reverse “brain drain” and keep more Arizona-educated engineers in the state and contributing their expertise in support of the region’s economy.

Watch Johnson’s interview on Horizon.

About The Author

Joe Kullman

Joe Kullman is a science writer for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Before joining Arizona State University in 2006, Joe worked as a reporter, writer and editor for newspapers and magazines dating back to the dawn of the age of the personal computer. He began his career while earning degrees in journalism and philosophy from Kent State University in Ohio. Media Contact: [email protected] | 480-965-8122 | Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Communications

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