The work environment in which our engineer works has changed. Many employers are requiring 'engineers that can engineer' like the Swedish government is not only requiring our engineers to be technically state of the art, they should also have the ability to understand societal needs and solve them with sustainable and ethical solutions. One approach to address this in education programs is trough the CDIO model. CDIO stands for Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate. The Initiative was created in cooperation between MIT, and some Swedish universities including KTH. Activities to Conceive, Design, Implement, and Operate should be built in to the engineering curriculum together with what can be considered as general engineering skills, that is skills such as Teamwork, Leadership, Project Management, Communication, Ethics, etc. These skills should not be taught in separate courses; rather they should be built in to the subject courses. It turns out, that this development also is a good strategy to add value to courses when competing with MOOC courses.
Joakim Lillieskold is an Associate Professor in Systems Engineering Management and the Director of Undergraduate Studies at School of Electrical Engineering at KTH – The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. His research interest includes the coordination of system development projects, and how to achieve a cohesive understanding of the system at hand. Prof. Lillieskold has a strong interest in education and has many years of experience teaching project management and project-based courses. He has authored and co-authored several books on project management. 2011 he was awarded KTHs Pedagogic Prize for his efforts in developing engineering education
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