Creativity and Engineering Education

by J. Carlos Santamarina
Year: 2003


Santamarina, J. C. (2003). "Creativity and Engineering Education." Conference on Engineering Education in Honor of J.T.P. Yao, pp. 99-107


​Creativity is the essence of engineering. Yet, creativity is neither explicitly taught nor promoted in the engineering curriculum. While the nature of creativity remains elusive, there is an increasing body of information related to the components that support creativity, the techniques to stimulate it, the relevance of motivation and commitment, the possibilities of collective creativity, and the circumstances that promote and hinder creative problem solving. This information helps identify strategies that can be incorporated in engineering courses to initiate students in a creative, life-long engineering experience.