Innovation in the Classroom with Dean Ishwar Puri

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Innovation in the Classroom by Siemens explores best practices to empower the next generation of digital talent. In this podcast, I interview McMaster University’s Dean Puri on how the school is disrupting the engineering education classroom.

Ishwar Puri is the Dean of Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University. Hear how this leading academic institution develops robot-proof graduates through disruptive innovation in the classroom that closes the skills gap and strengthens graduate employability.

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Dean Puri was originally drawn to academia through a love of problem solving he applied to research. Learn how he is transforming engineering education at McMaster through a massive change called The Pivot. Through redesigned curriculum focused on multidisciplinary design thinking in an industry-relevant context.

Some Questions I Ask: 

  • What made you pursue engineering as a degree and choose academia as your profession? (1:26)
  • What are the key ingredients to making “The Pivot” program a success? (15:36)
  • What gets you most excited about the future of engineering education? (20:50)
  • From your perspective, how can a company like Siemens help schools more? (30:25)

In This Episode, You Will Learn: 

  • What future universities need in order to tackle change. (10:57)
  • How “The Pivot” will prepare students to face disruption in the workplace. (13:50)
  • How Ishwar inspires engineering students. (21:57)

Stay tuned for our next podcast. Subscribe to the full series.


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