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Yet Another Paradigm Shift...
How 21st Century Computing is
Wreaking Havoc on the Engineering Campus

Thursday, February 26th at 2:00pm EST

The “Internet of Things” is the descendent of range of major computing revolutions of the past three decades.  Global networks, ubiquitous connectivity, and addictive social software platforms, when combined with wild new consumer devices and indeed, emerging consumer techno-habits has created a world that Turing, Von Neumann, Gates, or even Jobs could have predicted.

For the engineering campus, we now have an interesting situation. We are charged with the solemn responsibility of preparing the next generation to both refine this new technology and then to guide society in its appropriate application. But arguably, as educators, we are struggling to figure out how best to adapt what, how, and even when and where, we need to teach, not so much because we are not motivated, or competent, but because the problem is “freakin’ hard”. 

This webinar explores this challenge from the perspective of a progressive company, in collaboration with various leading universities. In particular we consider two specific engineering dimensions. The impact of embedded computing – i.e. the migration of computing from the desk to anywhere but the desk, and the modern generation of mobile devices, arguably the most disruptive technology for students within the last few decades.

Ultimately, we argue that the successful reconciliation of this modern technological reality and traditional engineering pedagogy will draw from a combination of emerging technologies, relevant applications, and learning resource transformation. More importantly, there is an underlying philosophy of embracing these trends rather than attempting to tame it.

Why Attend?
  • Gain a refreshing, constructive perspective on modern computing devices specifically relevant to academic institutions.
  • Learn about specific technologies and techniques to improve your curriculum for the computing and other course sequences.
  • Keep pace with the rapid changes in some key technologies such as mobile devices and the so-called “Internet of Things”


    Tom Lee, PhD
Chief Education Officer

Tom Lee directs the academic strategy for Quanser, a leading producer of lab systems for control, mechatronics, and robotics education and teaching. He is a recognized authority in modern engineering pedagogy and the application of advanced technology in teaching and learning. His technical background is in the field of dynamic modelling, simulation, and control. He earned his Ph.D. From the University of Waterloo where he currently serves as adjunct professor.

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