Link to the paper:https://www.researchgate.net/publication/348579834_NON-TECHNICAL_COMPETENCIES_FOR_SUCCEEDING_AS_A_DESIGNER_IN_A_DIGITALLY_TRANSFORMING_WORKPLACE
Digitization is disrupting our world and shaping the challenges that newly minted graduates will need to address in their professional careers. The solution to managing such disruptions is anchored in the principles of sustainability and values that are foundational to mitigating inequities by managing the tensions between the pulls of People, Planet, and Profit. To succeed in the digitized world. we suggest that we provide the opportunity for our soon to be designers to develop five non-technical, career sustaining competencies:
1. To continue learning through reflection and the associated creation and articulation of knowledge.
2. To speculate and identify gaps that foster innovation.
3. To ask questions, actively listen, reflect, and identify gaps and opportunities worthy of further investigation.
4. To make decisions using incomplete information.
5. To think critically (deductive reasoning and inductive speculation) and identify a way forward.
Our intent in this talk is to promote reflection, dialog, and action on modifying curricula to provide our soon to be designers the opportunity to internalize non-technical career sustaining competencies and values that empower them to foster societal and technological innovations that promote sustainable development and mitigate societal inequities.
Janet K. Allen holds the John and Mary Moore Chair in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Farrokh Mistree holds the L. A. Comp Chair in the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. Their research focus is on collaboratively defining the emerging frontier for the “intelligent” decision-based realization of complex (cyber-physical-social) systems when the computational (quantitative and qualitative) models are incomplete and inaccurate. Their education focus is on creating and implementing courses aimed at educating strategic engineers—those who have developed the competencies to create value through the realization of complex engineered systems. Both are Fellows of ASME. Janet and Farrokh co-direct the Systems Realization Laboratory @ OU.
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