Guest Editorial: The Six Minds of a Whole New Engineer

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Early engineers of the 19th century were rock stars of their times, much like famous dot-com entrepreneurs of our times. Petroleum engineering got its start after this early “generalist” phase of the profession when the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) formed a standing committee on oil and gas in 1913.

The first petroleum engineering degree followed suit at the University of Pittsburgh in 1915, and today SPE represents more than 140,000 professional and student members around the globe. From that early formative period of petroleum engineering, technical specialization increased and continued into the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, but more recently, engineering has faced pressures to change.

Mark Somerville, a professor of electrical engineering and physics at Olin College, and I have written about this in our book, A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering Education. In particular, we spell out the six minds that all of today’s engineers need to embody to reach their full potential. They are the

  • Analytical mind
  • Design mind
  • Linguistic mind
  • People mind
  • Body mind
  • Mindful mind
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Guest Editorial: The Six Minds of a Whole New Engineer

David E. Goldberg, President, Big Beacon

01 March 2015

Volume: 67 | Issue: 3


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