Special Report: The State of Engineering Education

16 September 2016

Today’s high-tech companies can’t find enough skilled engineering grads and workers, while universities and employers are struggling to keep up with advances in technology. Education is key, but what is the current state of engineering education in schools and in the workplace?

In this special report, The Institute asked leaders of engineering schools around the world about the issues they face in getting young people prepared to enter the workforce. We feature emerging technologies that are being used in classrooms as teaching and study aids. Companies such as Verizon and VMware are offering training programs in a variety of formats tailored to employees’ needs.

Included in this report are tips and resources to help you break into some of the fastest-growing technology fields. You’ll find IEEE educational products and services to take you through each stage of your career, as well as IEEE conferences that tackle issues of concern to educators. We also profile an IEEE senior member who helped bring MOOCs to the world and feature a Fellow who created a platform to digitally customize textbooks.

Feature Articles


A Look at the State of Engineering Education Worldwide

Top IEEE educators share their views about diversity and declining enrollment


High-Tech Tools Are Being Introduced In the Classroom

Google Cardboard and Microsoft Hololens are being used as teaching and study aids


Innovative Corporate Training Programs Keep Employees’ Skills Updated

Verizon and VMware are using customized MOOCs, videos, and e-books


How to Break Into Some of the Fastest-Growing Tech Fields

IEEE resources to help members launch successful careers in big data, software-defined networking, and biomedical engineering


Get Schooled on IEEE’s Educational Products and Services

There are programs tailored for students and professionals


Upcoming Conferences Cover the Latest Trends for Education

Events delve into MOOCs, computer-aided learning, and games


Meet the CEO of edX, the Online Learning Platform

MOOC co-creator Anant Agarwal discusses a big shift in education


IEEE Fellow Develops a Platform to Customize Textbooks

Richard Baraniuk founded OpenStax, one of the first online education programs


IEEE Foundation Helps Students Pay for Their Education

Scholarships are available to those studying power and energy, vehicular technology, and other subjects



IEEE Must Embrace Change or Accept Irrelevance

President Barry Shoop says it’s important for the organization to adapt and evolve with changing conditions



Why One Data Science Student Chose MOOCs Over a Top University Program

By opting for an informal education, David Venturi saved tens of thousands of dollars


Taking Charge of Your Professional Development

Individuals should assume responsibility for their own training, former IEEE continuing education chair says