Innovate to Educate: Creating the Next Generation of Applied Scientists and Engineers in the United Arab Emirates
- George Wesley Hitt, Khalifa University of Science
Friday, November 1, 11:00 AM - Special Seminar
NSCL Lecture Hall
Khalifa University was established in 2007 by the government of Abu Dhabi as part of the Abu Dhabi Plan 2030, a broad initiative to prepare the Abu Dhabi and UAE economies for the post-oil era. A major theme in the AD Plan 2030 is the creation of a knowledge-based economy with engineering design and technological innovation as cornerstones and in alignment with this, Khalifa University has focused on developing and delivering world-class education and research experiences in undergraduate engineering. As a member of the University’s founding faculty, in my presentation, I will discuss some of the early work we’ve done to develop the “Design Core”, a project-based, research-oriented, longitudinally-integrated program of design education in the College of Engineering. I will emphasize the processes and facilities we’ve created to establish the “cornerstone” freshmen design experiences and best-practices we’ve developed for extending the approach to upper-division capstone and graduate-level project-based design education.