The first plenary session at SEFI 2018 will be:

Interactive Community Dialogue on: "The Shapes of Innovation"

Session organizers:
Session Chair Ruth Graham, Conference Chair Martin Vigild

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Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship can take many different shapes in engineering education, and together are a major driver for far-reaching educational reform. This session will explore how creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship are shaping engineering education excellence.

Opening the session, Dr. Ruth Graham will discuss how some of the world’s most exciting new engineering programmes have embedded creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship across and beyond their curricula.

She will then introduce five perspectives on this process of transformational change. Each of these invited guests represents a different ‘agent of change’ in engineering education; namely national government, university leadership, programme leadership and students:

Marcela Angulo González, Head of Technological Capabilities Division at CORFO, the Chilean Economic Development and Innovation Agency: Marcela is leading a government-funded programme of curricula reform in Chilean engineering schools, designed to nurture a new generation of technology-based innovators and entrepreneurs.

Pey Kin-Leong, Associate Provost Education, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD): Kin Leong has overseen and guided the development and delivery of a new student-centred engineering curriculum at SUTD that emphasises hands-on exploration, innovation and entrepreneurship.

John Mitchell, Associate Vice Dean Education, UCL Engineering: John has led a root-and-branch reform to the curriculum across the school of engineering at UCL that allows students to apply their engineering learning through intensive, authentic and cross-disciplinary industrial and societal challenges.

Anne Sofie Larsen, master student, DTU: As an engineering student at both Aalborg University and DTU,Anne Sofie has engaged in a wide range of appointments, internships, courses and experiences – from within and beyond the curriculum – that have focused on the development of entrepreneurship and innovation capabilities.

Eva Smeets, masters student, TU Delft: Eva was the team leader of the Eco-Runner team at TU Delft – a highly innovative and creative team that is entirely student-run – and is also a student representative on the TU Delft's Board of Studies.

The missing voice on the panel is the voice of the educator, the teaching professor, who sits in the audience, the SEFI community of colleagues united by the common task of educating young engineers for a professional life to the benefit of the individual and society. The interactive session is designed to draw out a lively and insightful dialogue between the audience of engineering educators and the invited guests.

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