Should Makers Be the Engineers of the Future?


Wednesday, September 17, 3:30 pm to 3:50 pm in Auditorium

MacGyver. Iron Man. Maker or Engineer? Engineering degree or experience making? What can we learn about Makers to improve how we teach engineering in the undergraduate classroom? How could the shifting landscape in higher education make right now the time to bring Making to the forefront in how we prepare engineers and builders of the future? How can we develop educational programs to fill a gap to help Young Makers become Adult Makers?
Dr. Micah Lande and Dr. Shawn Jordan will share learnings from a pair of NSF-sponsored research projects on the pathways of Adult Makers and Young Makers. Aspects of Making, include “additive innovation”, playful invention, and a sharing ethos within the community to contribute to a constructive and collaborative Maker learning ecology. As Makers embolden the Engineer of 2020 characteristics of practical ingenuity, creativity, and propensity toward lifelong learning, we pose the following question: Should Makers be the engineers of the future?
Coupled with experiences teaching Making and (mechanical and electrical) engineering at the Arizona State University’s Fulton Schools of Engineering’s Polytechnic School, collaboration with TechShop to build a community and university makerspace in Chandler, AZ, and being thought leaders in a growing national engineering education research community, Drs. Lande and Jordan will talk about the decades-long evolution of engineering programs towards hands-on, project-based learning and how that continued rise could shape Making in higher education programs. Drs. Lande and Jordan will talk about the opportunities and possible concerns about overlapping Making and engineering education.


Micah Lande, PhD

Assistant Professor, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University
Micah Lande, Ph.D. teaches human-centered engineering design and innovation courses. Dr. Lande researches how technical and non-technical people learn and apply a design process to their work. He received his B.S in Engineering (Product Design), M.A. in Education (Learning, Design and Technology) and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (Design Thinking) from Stanford University. Dr. Lande is the PI on the NSF-funded project “Should Makers Be the Engineers of the Future” and a co-PI on the NSF-funded project “Might Young Makers Be the Engineers of the Future?” He also serves as senior personnel on a project to pilot NSF’s Innovation Corps for Learning (I-Corps-L). Dr. Lande founded the first Maker Corps site in Arizona, a program of the Maker Education Initiative.


Shawn Jordan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University
Shawn Jordan, Ph.D. teaches context-centered embedded systems design courses. Dr. Jordan studies the use of context in both K-12 and undergraduate engineering design education. He received is B.S. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and his Ph.D. in Engineering Education, from Purdue University. Dr. Jordan is the PI on the NSF-funded project “Might Young Makers be the Engineers of the Future?”, and is Co-PI on the project “Should Makers be the Engineers of the Future?”. Dr. Jordan also led a team to two Rube Goldberg Machine Contest championships, co-founded the STEAM Labs™ engineering design program, and held a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest working Rube Goldberg