Principles for Engineering Education #1

The essay “Principles for Engineering Education” appeared in Structure Magazine in April 2012 as the first in a three part discussion on contemporary engineering education. It was written by Eric Hines, a principal at LeMessurier who has taught for 11 years at Tufts University as a Professor of Practice. This essay summarizes a longer discussion of the creative process in engineering entitled "Understanding Creativity," published by the International Network for Structural Art (INSA).

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At LeMessurier, we believe that intensive dialogue is essential to design. While a design idea may emerge from the imagination of an individual, making it real requires the mutual cooperation and critique of its designer, owner and builder.

Similarly, our knowledge grows and refines through our dialogues with engineers, architects, builders, and researchers. Since our founding, cutting edge research and world class teaching have played integral roles in our design thinking. For over 50 years we have discovered and invented new ways of understanding the built environment, and we have communicated our discoveries with passion and precision. We offer this log as both complement and stimulus to our tradition of intellectual engagement with our profession and the clients we serve.

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