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Innovation in the Classroom
36 minutes | a month ago
A Collaborative Approach To Engineering
The future of tech-related disciplines lies in an interdisciplinary approach to teaching. Professor Stephan Simons believes that industrial, electric, and mechatronics engineers shall find their way into working together. Stephan is an electrical engineer; he has a major in Control Theory and a Ph.D. in Robotics. He worked in medical technology for more than 11 years, where he developed some of the respiratory care systems used today to fight COVID. He had a passage in a company initially owned by Siemens, Sirona Dental Medicine. In 2006, he decided to move to the automation technology business. After Siemens bought UGS, Stephan found a way of combining his interests - automation technology, software business, and medical technology. In his own words, "It's all mechatronics."The new normality pushed everyone deeper into the digital world; that should sound ideal for electrical engineers and robotics students, but it is not. Students need both a combination of the digital and the real thing. Listen to what Professor Simons has to say about the present and future of engineering, robotics, and automation students and the importance of collaboration between companies and universities. Questions I Ask:Can you start sharing a little bit about yourself and your background? (0:46)Why did you decide to focus on embedding digital twins in education? (2:22)What are the skills you're developing in future engineers? (5:07)Do you see other schools trending in the same fashion as combining the digital with the real world? (6:27)How do you see the future of teaching now that everything is more digital? (10:06)How do you keep current with the constant technology changes and improvements? (11:42)Would you like to see industry partners like us engaging with the university more successfully? (27:04)In This Episode, You Will Learn:Why it is essential students work with digital twins (3:06)How our students need to be educated (5:20)Ecosystems that connect students communities are key (8:13)The future of Universities is having a combination of digital and presential disciplines (11:30)How tech-related courses inspire students? (14:14)The best way to improve collaboration between companies and universities (22:30)Connect with Stephan:LinkedinUniversity of Applied Sciences See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15 minutes | 2 months ago
Interns Inspiring Innovation with Susanne Barnsteiner
Interns are the future full-time workforce so it is important to provide them with responsibility for projects that are impactful for the current and future innovation they will be working on. In this episode of Innovation In The Classroom, Susanne Barnsteiner, an industrial engineering intern and graduate student at the University of Applied Sciences in Kempten, Germany, details the projects that she has worked on and her unique current role. Susanne describes her current internship at AGCO and her experience in her university studies as the cornerstone for where her career will go. Some Questions I Ask Why did you choose industrial engineering? (1:29)How did it feel to get to take on such a large project as an intern? (5:36)Did you have to learn software for your internship or did you go in prepared knowing a few different types of software? (6:15)How has your experience with Siemens software helped you with other projects? (9:33)In This Episode You Will Learn What a day in the life of Susanne’s internship looks like (2:45)The impactful projects that Susanne has previously worked on (4:31)How Susanne’s role was impacted by COVID-19 (7:31)What Susanne wants to accomplish in the next few years (10:37)Susanne’s advice for other students (11:45) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
40 minutes | 3 months ago
Digitalization Impacting Engineering Education
The global pandemic has caused most industries, including engineering, to adapt, adjust, and innovate their digitization techniques. On today’s episode of Innovation in the Classroom, I am joined by two engineering industry professionals, Michelle Boucher and Sirin Tekinay. Michelle Boucher is the VP of Research for Engineering Practices at Tech-Clarity and Sirin Tekinay is the Dean of the College of Engineering at the American University of Sharjah. Both women have amazing insights into how the global pandemic has impacted engineering professionals, students, and teachers. The current pace of digitalization in the industry is affecting how prepared engineering students are when they enter the workforce and engineering education has begun to adjust its curriculum accordingly. Sirin provides a fascinating take from the academia side of digitalization in engineering, addressing the mental health impacts of online classes for students, the adjustments that students have had to make in their projects, and her advice to simulate a campus experience. Michelle’s knowledge as a researcher brings in the industry point of view. She dives into the newfound importance of business skills in the engineering industry, the global consistencies she has found between universities, and what she believes is the key to preparing students to enter the industry as it rapidly becomes more digitized. Tune in to learn how engineering education and industry are aligning, finding dissonance, and what Michelle and Sirin recommend for joint success. Some Questions I Ask Sirin, can you share your perspective on changing from a ‘push’ to a ‘pull’ approach in engineering education? (4:59)How have you found the students adjusting to this new normal? (9:15)Michelle, what do you think is really key to keeping this pace of innovation of digitalization to prepare students for working in the industry? (12:38)What forms of collaboration have you seen to be most effective? (18:19)How do we teach students soft skills? (23:22)Michelle, did you notice in your research that universities are leveraging software and technology to optimize learning? (29:50)What is your feedback for companies like Siemens to better serve academia? (35:11)In This Episode You Will Learn The global trends across universities that Michelle has seen in her research of digitization (3:30)How this semester has been different for Sirin (7:53)How Michelle and Sirin view the current relationship between academia and industry (15:04)The importance of cross-functional projects for students (21:58)How engineering curriculum has become more project-based (25:26)Why the educators Michelle interviewed said that COVID-19 adaptations have improved their learning environment (30:12)The trends that Sirin is seeing in engineering education (33:10)Connect with Michelle LinkedInConnect with SirinLinkedIn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | 4 months ago
Technology Trends and Teaching During a Pandemic
Staying relevant in technology is important now more than ever, especially for an Information Systems professor at the university level, like Sabine Matook.Sabine grew up in Germany where she studied Information Technologies and has since gained prestige as an Information Systems professor of 16 years at the University of Queensland in Australia. She teaches thousands of students the fundamentals of Information Systems with a particular focus on the development of technology and how it is applied. Her global academic experience has taught her the ins and outs of diverse teaching and learning styles which she applies to her classroom. Although COVID-19 has provided teachers with many roadblocks, Sabine has handled the transition to online teaching with innovation and positivity. Listen in to Sabine explaining relevance in technology, teaching during COVID-19, and her own teaching philosophies. Questions I Ask: Can you tell us about your background? (00:48)How do you stay relevant as a technology educator? (2:46)Have you had any opportunities to attend virtual conferences in the past few months? (4:04) Have you had to change your teaching style at all? (8:10)Can you expand more on how you use technology in the classroom specifically as it relates to Mendix and providing scenarios for your students? (11:04)What can we learn from how students learn differently around the world? (18:05)What advice do you have for students? (23:36)In this Episode, You Will Learn: What Sabine does at the University of Queensland (1:44)The importance of conferences for Sabine (3:47)How COVID-19 is affecting academics and the University of Queensland in particular (4:41)Sabine’s teaching philosophy (11:29)Why Sabine is a big fan of Mendix and how she uses it in teaching (14:05)Some insights offered by Sabine on various learning styles (18:49)How learning styles are being translated through online learning during COVID-19 (20:24)Connect with Sabine LinkedInUniversity of Queensland See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
41 minutes | 9 months ago
L'SPACE Education for the Next Generation
Do you remember the first time you looked up at the night sky after learning that those tiny twinkling lights were actually giant glowing spheres of hot gas? What was going through your young mind when you learned that other planets existed, so far away from Earth that we could only wonder through the eye of a telescope what they were like? It’s the youthful bewilderment of moments like these, the ceaseless curiosity instilled in us as students, that eventually inspires a new generation to explore the great unknown. Preparing students who are interested in pursuing careers in the Space Industry is the goal of NASA’S L’SPACE Academy. It’s an interactive online program for undergraduate students in STEM majors who are gearing up for careers with NASA or other space-focused agencies. Each 12- Week program provides insight and hands-on learning, and even offers opportunities for students to collaborate, in real time, with industry professionals. Sheri Klug Boonstra is Principal Investigator of NASA's L'SPACE Program. She grew up in the 1960’s, a time when space age dreams were finally being realized. From her home in the Mojave Desert, she spent youthful nights gazing at stars, wondering “why?”, “what?”, and “who?”. The world was intent on discovering the mysteries of the cosmos, and a combination of luck and curiosity put her in the right place at the right time to be a part of the fold. Some Questions I ask: Why do you think your job is the best job in the world? (6:12)What are the skills you’re providing to students that are useful to future graduates pursuing a career in the industry? (12:20)How do you ensure a level playing field of access to these tools? (17:20)What metrics are you using to measure the success of the program? (24:45)What impact did Covid-19 have on your program? (29:35)In this episode you will learn:The field trip that changed Sheri’s life (2:36)What L’SPACE stands for and the goals of the organization (8:02)How it works in the classroom (10:42)The number one quality the industry looks for in students (13:31)How students are already working with NASA (22:16)How 7th graders in the program discovered a cave on Mars (27:30)Learn more about the work of Sheri Klug Boonstra and the L’SPACE Academy:https://www.lspace.asu.edu/https://mars.nasa.gov/msip/teachers/contacts/SheriKlugBoonstra/https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheri-klug-boonstra-8375a016https://chamberbusinessnews.com/2019/06/07/fail-fast-and-go-on-asu-creates-space-workforce-pipeline/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22 minutes | 10 months ago
Hands-On Experience through SAE Competition
How do you know what you’re supposed to do outside of college? When students prepare to graduate from college, entering the workforce can be daunting. Sometimes it feels like you know it all, and other times you might not even know where to start. That’s why CAPSTONE classes, SAE groups, and Formula SAE competition groups are so important. These competitive design series involves designing building a formula-style, open-wheel concept vehicle to perform in a competition. In this episode, John Kittleman gives us insight into how these competitions go and what students have to learn. John is a GTA at Oregon State. His role is to help lead 25 students in developing the suspension system. Tune in to learn more about SAE competition groups and how they help develop future engineers. Some Questions I Ask: How did you get into GFR and Formula Student? (0:46)What are the specifics with what your students are working on? (2:57)What challenges come up when collaborating globally? (5:34)With the exchange program, how does the university class structure play into the team structure? (9:01)How does Siemens Software allow you to connect with the industry, both in the US and internationally? (10:59)What’s your advice to future engineers? (18:20)In This Episode, You Will Learn: What is SAE and Formula Student? (1:16)How the Formula team decides which cars should be autonomous versus electric for competition. (4:47)What range of experience students have around building racecars on the Formula Student teams. (9:32)How Formula Student and SAE utilize Siemens Software. (11:11)How Formula Student is adjusting in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (13:20)Why John plans on pursuing aerospace engineering after graduation. (16:47)Why it’s important to take calculated risks to forward your career. (21:06) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19 minutes | a year ago
The Rise of Young Engineers
Everyone starts their engineering career at different places in life. Levi Zima, for example, got started at a very young age. His childhood was surrounded by technology. He even used Siemens’ CAD software Solid Edge at the age of seven. As he continued to grow up, he was given more and more opportunities to work in the engineering and wireless industries. Today, he’s a student at the University of Central Florida, currently studying RF and Microwave engineering. Throughout our conversation, Levi talks about his experiences with KidVenture, innovating new technologies for kids, and how his coursework connects with his internship at RF Laboratories. Tune in to hear how Levi combines his unique experience both inside and outside of academia to design new technology with RF Laboratories. Some Questions I Ask: How did you get into the engineering field? (0:57)How did KidVenture get started? (3:50)Where does your inspiration for serving the community come from? (4:35)Will you continue designing your radio kit? (8:44)What’s the most interesting project that you’ve worked on so far? (11:32)In This Episode, You Will Learn: What it was like to work with Siemens software as a seven-year-old. (1:39)How Levi entered into aviation engineering competitions as a kid. (2:40)What Levi works on in the RF Laboratories and with Pool Guard. (5:29)How Levi connects his internship at RF Laboratories and his coursework at UCF. (10:56) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
44 minutes | a year ago
Soft Skills in the Workplace
Oftentimes, engineering classes focus solely on the hard skills of manufacturing. But what about the soft skills? More and more often, employers and professors are finding that students need to sharpen their soft skills to be successful in the workplace, such as having tough conversations, learning to be collaborative, and how to redirect behaviors that are not productive on collaborative teams. In this episode, Dr. Mary Pilotte of Purdue University explains this need for soft skills and shares some of Purdue’s strategy to stop the soft skills shortage in the workplace. It all comes down to multidisciplinary engineering, such as theater engineering. What makes theater engineering different is that it incorporates statistics, dynamics, and other hands-on practical design experiences—including creating engineering structures or systems to support live performing arts and entertainment. So, tune in to hear how some of the best and brightest in academia are finding new ways to teach students the soft skills they need to create a more productive and positive environment in the workplace. Some Questions I Ask: What inspired you to get into this field of engineering and academia? (0:42)Can you give us a feel for the state of engineering education at Purdue? (7:35)What compelled you to research millennials and the multi-generation workforce? (21:09)How do you address generational differences in an effective and productive way? (29:24)In This Episode, You Will Learn: What a day in the life of a Director of Engineering Education looks like. (3:11)What makes Theater Engineering different from other types of design and engineering. (6:12)How Purdue is better preparing future graduates in key skill areas in manufacturing. (10:21)What best practices could help manufacturers get more engaged with schools like Purdue. (36:42)Connect with Dr. Mary Pilotte: LinkedInResources: Millennial Reset by Dr. Mary Pilotte See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
40 minutes | a year ago
Developing Robot-Proof Engineers in the Classroom
800 years ago, the purpose of getting a university-level education was vastly different from what it’s become today. Back then, everybody was seen as a generalist. Now, everyone is hyper-specialized in one or two areas, yet many are not able to recover from the inevitabilities of disruption. The only way to offset disruption in employability is by helping students understand humans. To make real change, it’s crucial to leverage the real disciplinary competencies that we have in the humanities, arts, professional disciplines like business and engineering, social sciences, and sciences. Ishwar Puri is the Dean of Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University. Together, we discuss how the school is disrupting curricula to improve engineering education, and how he’s helping lead academic institutions to develop robot-proof graduates through disruptive innovation, closing skill gaps, and strengthening graduate employability. So, tune in to hear some of the brightest minds in engineering education share insights and best practices to empower the next generation of digital talent. Some Questions I Ask: What made you pursue engineering as a degree and choose academia as your profession? (1:26)What are the key ingredients to making “The Pivot” program a success? (15:36)What gets you most excited about the future of engineering education? (20:50)From your perspective, how can a company like Siemens help schools more? (30:25)In This Episode, You Will Learn: What future universities need in order to tackle change. (10:57)How “The Pivot” will prepare students to face disruption in the workplace. (13:50)How Ishwar inspires engineering students. (21:57)Connect with Ishwar Puri:LinkedInResources: “How the university can save itself – from itself” by Ishwar Puri and Leonard Waverman See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29 minutes | a year ago
Crash Course in Siemens Software
Most engineering students learn from hands-on experiences, but more often than not the only “experiences” they get are classroom lectures. This is why Parikshit Borgowda, a graduate student engineer, is driving changes in the engineering curriculum at a top university. He integrates practical examples and real-world applications to drive change on campus. He developed an entire crash course for students to use in order to learn Siemens software. So, listen to this crash course in Siemens software to learn how Parikshit Borgowda is exponentially helping engineering students get a leg up in their studies and work. Questions I Ask: Tell us about your engineering career thus far? How did you get to work with Siemens? (1:10)Are there any example problems that you created that are super beneficial? (10:25)Because of the NX Crash Course program, are students more aware of career opportunities at Siemens? (16:12)What advice do you have for aspiring engineers? (25:03)In This Episode, You Will Learn: Why students should learn Siemens software first. (6:19)How the practical examples used to teach the software benefits students. (14:33)The best way to engage students to give them a learning advantage. (17:40)How Parikshit’s curriculum continuously improves and changes. (21:50)What all goes on at the Simulation Technology Center. (24:17) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23 minutes | a year ago
The Experience of Being an Intern at Siemens
As a student, you want to get as much knowledge as you can, before actually going into the workforce, but not many Universities offer you this chance.The University of Cincinnati is one of the only colleges in the United States that has co-op programs and gives the students the possibility of graduating with two and a half years of work experience. Through the Academic Partnership Program, Siemens is collaborating with UC, offering students summer internships, thus giving them the chance to apply the information they learn in school.Greg Barker and Chase Ashby are third-year Computers Science students at the University of Cincinnati and they are benefitting the co-op program inside Siemens, doing software development. They will share with us, today, what it’s like to have this opportunity and what are the benefits they see, as interns.So, listen to Episode 02 of Innovation In The Classroom, to learn directly from the source about the experience of actually working in your field, before graduating college.Questions I ask:Why did you guys decide to pursue a degree in engineering? When did you know you wanted to be an engineer? (01:44)How did you guys choose that you wanted to do it at the UC? (03:04)Did you have any previous experience with Siemens Software, before the internship? (08:42)Do you think that it would be beneficial for people to be using the software early on in classrooms? (11:14)How do you think it's the biggest way that you apply what you learn at school, in the workplace today? (11:51)In this episode, you will learn:What a day in the life of being an intern looks like. (05:07)How Siemens treats its interns. (06:24)The benefits of Siemens partnering with schools like UC. (13:20)About Teamcenter software. (16:24)A piece of advice for students considering pursuing a career in the engineering field. (18:33) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29 minutes | a year ago
BEST: The Student - Company - University Triangle
The college world is filled with organizations that try to provide development opportunities for the students, and BEST is no exception. They try to provide complimentary education through different courses, they have competitions that connect students with real-world challenges, and every year, they hold events to raise awareness on the importance of learning.Antonia Nanau is the former president of BEST, which is a European Student Organization that represents nearly 96 technical Universities in 34 countries. She is currently in her final year as a student at the Politehnica University of Bucharest, following an engineering degree in Information Engineering.Listen to the First Episode of Innovation In The Classroom, to learn about this innovation-driven organization that helps engineering students to develop their skills.Questions I ask:If you could tell us a little bit about your background and education? (01:40)Besides the competitions, do you have any other specialized events that you guys do, every so often? (05:39)Is BEST very integrated into your community where you are headquartered? And do you do any outreach or is that a priority of your organization? (08:12)Do you have a favorite part of the organization or a favorite component? (09:08)Are there any resources or partners that you use software programs from, including Siemens, that you think are pretty valuable for students at this point? (13:40)Is there anything else about BEST that you would like us to understand or just some parting thoughts about the organization, at least from your experience? (24:00)In this episode you will learn:What was like for Antonia to take a year off from college to be the President of BEST. (02:13)What BEST does as an organization. (03:16)How the Executive Board at BEST operates. (06:59)The results of the GEDC student engagement survey. (15:07)What software vendors, like Siemens, could do to support the student engineers. (19:03) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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