Training 'Small Planet' Engineers

Published in MIT News on August 13, 2015, by Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center

‘Global Principles’ course challenges students at MIT and the University of Tokyo to develop a cross-cultural, systems approach to materials science and engineering.

Today's materials scientists are expected to join multidisciplinary teams to solve real-world problems. A cooperative materials science course between MIT and the University of Tokyo is teaching students at both schools to incorporate social, political, and economic factors into large-scale engineering solutions.

Now in its seventh year at MIT, the semester-long Global Principles of Engineering Practice class, developed by Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE) Professor Lionel Kimerling, began for freshmen only. It expanded to include the Japanese component in 2010 and a year later added a laboratory component to open it to upperclassmen at MIT as well...