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Several aspects of engineering and architecture systems are both an art and a science. Effective engineers are those who create elegant solutions to complex problems. However, most of the development and training of engineers focuses on the analytical and procedural side. We demonstrate experientially in this workshop how certain aspects of engineering should be taught in a way similar to how the arts are taught, rather than through the traditional instructional approaches employed in engineering sciences. Specifically, the workshop centers on explaining how a studio art class can be mimicked and transferred to engineering education settings. We will present the classroom setting, the structure of the lessons, and the structure of a notional course. The workshop will follow an experiential approach: Participants will effectively assume the role of an engineering student in a studio art-like setting in an engineering class.
Dr. Alejandro Salado is an assistant professor of systems engineering with the Grado Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. His research focuses on applying decision analysis to improve the practice of engineering. He is pioneering research in the area of verification and validation, for which he is investigating how engineers generate and evaluate evidence and how they build trust. His approach in this endeavor is transdisciplinary and intersects mathematical foundations, decision analysis and methods, and behavioral and cognitive models. In addition, Dr. Salado is engaged in developing disruptive educational approaches to smooth the transition of students to engineering work, as well as to build up capabilities to operationalize engineering ethic responsibility. Before joining academia, Alejandro spent over ten years as a systems engineer in the space industry, developing and leading space systems of up to $1b. He has published over 40 scientific publications, has received several paper awards, and his work has received federal funding. He is a recipient of the Fabrycky-Blanchard Award for Systems Engineering Research, the international Omega Alpha Association’s Exemplary Dissertation Award, and the Fulbright International Science and Technology Award. Dr. Salado holds a BSc/MSc in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University of Valencia, an MSc in project management and a MSc in electronics engineering from Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the SpaceTech MEng in space systems engineering from Delft University of Technology, and a PhD in systems engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology.
Tom is a leader, educator, and innovator in multiple technology fields. He currently serves as Deputy Director of the Systems Engineering Research Center at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, as well as a consultant specializing in strategic planning for uncertain environments. He studies systems engineering, systems thinking, organizational dynamics, and the nature of complex human socio-technical systems. He teaches system architecture concepts, systems thinking and decision making, and the composite skills required at the intersection of leadership and engineering.
Tom has over 30 years of background and experience in technical and management disciplines, including over 15 years at the Georgia Institute of Technology and 18 years with Lockheed Martin. He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, with degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering. With Lockheed Martin he served as Chief Engineer and Program Manager for the F-22 Raptor Avionics Team, leading the program to avionics first flight. Tom was GTRI Director of Research and interim Director from 2007-2013. During his tenure the impact of GTRI significantly expanded, research awards doubled to over $300M, faculty research positions increased by 60%, and the organization was recognized as one of Atlanta’s best places to work. He also has a visiting appointment in the Georgia Tech Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. Tom is one of the creators of Georgia Tech’s Professional Masters degree in Applied Systems Engineering and lead instructor of the “Leading Systems Engineering Teams” course.
Kirsten Davis is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech, where she also completed her master's degree in Higher Education. She is the graduate assistant for the Rising Sophomore Abroad Program, a global engineering course and study abroad program for first year engineering students. Her primary research focuses on the design and assessment of global engineering programs, but she also studies the development of systems thinking and innovative thinking skills in engineering students. Before returning to graduate school, Kirsten worked for several years as a project manager and analytics engineer in the transportation industry.