Engineering education at the age of digital transformation

2020-04-02T14:38:46Z (GMT) by Okyay Kaynak

During the last two decades, profound technological

changes have taken place around us, supported by disruptive

advances, both on software and hardware sides. An amalgamation

of information, communication and AI is taking place, as well as

the cross-fertilization of a wide range of concepts, referred to as

the digital transformation. As a result of convergence

phenomenon, the boundaries between different disciplines are

eroding, necessitating a thorough discussion on what the

engineering education should be like in the future. In this paper,

after presenting a brief history of engineering education, the

recent paradigm changes are discussed, which essentially stress

that skills must prevail over degrees to deal with challenges posed

by the megatrends of the fourth industrial revolution.