Agendas for 21st Century Engineers
This book is for engineers of different disciplines, such as chemical, electrical, petroleum, mechanical and civil engineering, and will appeal both to the experienced professional engineer and to undergraduate or postgraduate engineering students.
This singular volume presents selected articles on themes that arise at the interface between engineering and the different societies in which it is practised. Themes of current interest include ethics, gender balance, education, workplace preparation, communication, competencies, and the future of engineering. Original and thought-provoking articles on these themes are presented by authors who have achieved international recognition for their work in engineering research, practice and education, and who work in different capacities in industry or higher education around the world.
Recognizing the pluralism that is characteristic of such themes, each chapter presents two articles reflecting distinct perspectives and contexts. This volume therefore provides ideal opportunities for readers who wish to develop their critical thinking capacities by contrasting and evaluating the different viewpoints. It also provides readers with writing that complements the technical discourse predominant in engineering workplaces and institutes.
This book, therefore, while promoting professional literacy and thinking skills development, concurrently serves to cultivate the well-rounded and forward-looking engineers required by the international community to meet the multifaceted challenges of 21st century engineering.
Dr Caroline Brandt teaches academic communication skills to female engineering students taking BSc degrees at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where she is Associate Professor. She has 31 years of experience in the field of adult second language teaching and learning, and has held a number of senior positions in diverse higher education institutions in 6 countries. She specializes in professional development and academic communication, and her publications include journal articles, several book chapters and two books that reflect these areas of interest: Read, research and write: Academic skills for ESL students in higher education (UK: SAGE Publications Ltd, 2008); and Success on your certificate course in English Language Teaching: A guide to becoming a teacher in ELT/TESOL (UK: SAGE Publications Ltd, 2006).
Dr David Prescott is Associate Professor at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. He teaches in the MA TESOL program and supervises MA thesis work. He also works in collaboration with the College of Engineering for which he coordinates a professional communication course for junior year engineers in profession-oriented collaborative, communication and academic skills. His recent published journal articles reflect his interests in the fields of collaborative learning, engineering education and information literacy. He has previously edited two volumes for Cambridge Scholars Publishing English in Southeast Asia: Varieties, Literacies and Literatures (2007) and Resolving Classroom Management and School Leadership Issues in ELT: Action Research Reports from the United Arab Emirates (2011).
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