I find myself teaching engineering at the introductory level this summer. It’s quite fun. I have considerable control over what I do in a given day while working with motivated students. Both features make teaching solidly wonderful.
I read the news pretty faithfully. Because I’m teaching this class, I’ve been looking for good engineering headlines. The oil spill, green energy initiatives, new electronic gadgets, and the discovery of minerals in Afghanistan have been predominantly featured in the news as of late. But the relatively few topics that make the news actually seem to propagate misconceptions in engineering by defining a narrow domain for engineers to work.
So I’m trying to do what I can to expand the box, helping my students understand what counts as engineering across an array of domains. We’ll see how this goes.