Educate for technological innovation

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At Polytechnics design & engineering students are taught about state-of-the-art technical knowledge. Students become qualified engineers and learn to innovate artifacts related to their domain. Not taught is how to develop new engineering knowledge within a multidisciplinary context of stakeholders, companies and regulations. In short, students don't learn to innovate technology. What is taught today is the result of a technological innovation of yesterday. This is not sufficient for industry to innovatively deal with society's grand challenges. The paper describes a project that aims to educate all TU Delft graduate students in the verb of innovating technology, that is, the development of new technologies from inventions in the labs to full- fledged application in business. Such along three dimensions: technical, human and business. The educational portfolio consists of three modules in line with growth along Bloom's taxonomy and online materials on theoretical backbones. All modules apply the notion of technological innovation journeys (Tijo's). Tijo's are rich descriptions of the developmental journey of new technology and are based on inventions from the university's own labs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Design Society
Subtitle of host publication22nd International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED19
EditorsPetra Badke Schaub, Maaike Kleinsmann
Place of PublicationDelft
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventInternational Conference on Engineering Design - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 5 Aug 20198 Aug 2019
Conference number: 22


ConferenceInternational Conference on Engineering Design
Abbreviated titleICED2019


  • Education
  • Technology
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human behaviour technology


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