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Fostering Creativity and Innovation in Engineering Students

Fostering Creativity and Innovation in Engineering Students

In a recent article in Harvard Business Review, it's argued that a country's economic compositeness is tied directly to its ability to mobilize and harness the creative energies of its people. Although America may be the land of opportunity in the 20th century, it's on the verge of losing the competitive edge in the 21st century because, in the post 9/11 era, it is confronting the possibility of a reverse brain drain i.e., the country may be losing out a host of foreign-borne creative and innovative professionals. Among the strategies suggested to negate and rebuild the creative infrastructure, invest generously in education to tap into future professionals creative capacities is view as one of the top priority items for the higher education community. Nanotechnology and microelectromechanical systems, two courses used in teaching creativity, are excellent subjects for students to learn about the processing and fabrication of new structures at molecular/nano/micron levels and the creation of new materials and devices with fundamentally different structures and properties. The courses offer opportunities for students to exploit the physical, chemical and biological properties by...


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