Renaissance Engineer

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Joos,

The ‘Renaissance Engineer’

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Outline

1. Towards a new renaissance?

– Three Immense socio-economic, scientific and technological changes

– Grand multidisciplinary challenges for engineers and policymakers

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‘Renaissance’ engineers and policy makers

3. Joos as a renaissance engineer

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1.Socio-economic Mega-Changes

See: Econoshock, Geert Noels, Hautekiet

‘How 6 economic shocks will fundamentally change your life’

Simultaneous

Mega shocks…

Towards >9B people in 2050, aging of society

Scarcity of fossil fuels and raw materials

Center of gravity moves east: innovation badly needed

ICT leads to globalisation, challenges security & privacy

Face climate change

Manage financial chaos: towards post-capitalism?

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Lead to Grand Challenges

• Double energy, food, water production in 2050

• Reduce the cost of aging and healthcare

• Create safe, secure information society respecting privacy

• Manage complexity of global systems and networks

• Keeping western prosperity in a globalised world…

Demanding global system solutions based on advanced technical and societal engineering

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2. Nature of Science and Technology is Changing too

Intelligent systems?

Energy Mfg. Goods Information

+Bio+Nano+Energy

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Life

Sciences

Neuro

Science

Convergence

Intelligence

Complexity

1800 1900 2000

Era Science

Technology

Techno-Science

Scale Macro Micro

Nano

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And Changes Nature of Industry

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Century

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Technology Production factor Product

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Fossil Fuel Energy

Machines

Labour

Electrical Energy

Manufacturing

Capital

Mat. Goods

Cars, Planes

Computer Chips, DNA, tech at nano-scale

Information

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Communication

(ICT)

Brains

Knowledge

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Bio- Nano- en Neurotech

Smart

Networked

Personalised

Services, products

Nano medicine

New materials

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Innovation = Converging Technologies

Innovation will emerge from merger of techno-science disciplines & social science rather than from individual disciplines e.g.

Internet of Things

Smart Energy Grids

Smart Mobility

‘Creativity is connecting things’

Mechatronics / Nano mechanics

Telemedicine

Synthetic biology

Nano-medicine

Genome based personalized medicine

Steve Jobs

A true renaissance…

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Connecting Things…

Synthetic Biology: Engineering Life

Chip

Design…

Bacterium Design

10011000..

OUT

IN genome gaattcgcgg

DNA Design!

OUT

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Bio-Nano-Info based Personalised

Medicine

Bio-informatics

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Personalised

Medicine

Source: R.Pauwels Biocartis

Converging Technologies and the

Grand Challenges

Short term growth

Shareholders

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Public dialog

SOCIAL Scientists

Tomorrows

Engineer

ICT

Nano

Bio

Neurosc.

Objectives

Drive

Regulations

Stable legislation

Policy Making

Long Term Vision

Grand Challenges for a

Sustainable society

Media

Education

TECHNO-Literacy

Dogmatic Thinking

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Universities Ready for

Renaissance?

Yesterday Tomorrow

Sciences  Engineering

 Social Sciences

Techno-science for Social

Innovation

Hyperspecialized publication fever

Cross-disciplinary research and education

Mono-disciplinary research funding

Cross-disciplinary funding

Publication oriented Eng. Ph.D.

Academic career

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Innovation oriented Eng. Ph.D.

Technical leadership

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Entrepreneurial thinking

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‘Renaissance Engineer’ ?

Renaissance = system oriented merging of disciplines in the fast changing biotope of the 21st century…

Engineer oriented towards social innovation =

Innovation driven by the grand societal needs of the

21 st century and in an economic- ecologic win-win scenario

Operating in agile, dynamic and globalised company structures

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Renaissance Engineer?

This one?

or that one?

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But Renaissance Engineer is:

M/W oriented towards social innovation:

Team player, team builder

With cross-disciplinary communication

Trained in system thinking

techno nerd

(sees the whole)

Independent and interpersonal

Able to cope with diversity and change

World citizen (language, culture…) skills lifelong learning skills

Co-architect of future society

From societal vision to customer solutions

With sustainable economic value : entrepreneur!

An eye for moral and ethical values

Willing to participate to the public debate !

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Educating Renaissance Engineers

Need for:

“Sociology for future engineers”

“Team based system design”

All EE disciplines EE + bioengineers+ biochemists

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+Ingrid Verbauwhede

+Bart De Moor

Joos

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Joos and Arenberg Doctoral School

Educating Innovation oriented

Engineering. Ph.D. s

Technical leadership

Entrepreneurial thinking

‘Preparing for a Career in the Innovative

Industry of the Future’

Joos Vandewalle, Hubert Van Belle and 11 innovation pioneers in industry and R&D

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But more is needed

Wanted:

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Renaissance social scientists & decision makers

With technological literacy, capable of:

Making objective long term choices for a sustainable society

“Democratizing the future”  emocracy!

Hence need for:

“Technology for future philosophers”

But once again Joos made it happen!

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Joos and the Renaissance Humanists

Two years ago…

In addition:

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Joos and Public Dialog

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Joos: a Team- and Bridge Builder

IMEC Circuits Systems

SISTA

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COSIC

DARIUS

Secure

Safe

Internet

Connected society

Biomedicine

Industrial Processes

Mechatronics

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His Students Pave the Way

Worldwide

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The Need to Stimulate Engineering

Education

Demand

Supply

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Joos: Motivating the Young

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Kyoto

1985

Joos the Artist…

?

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Source: Janusz Kozinski York Univ

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My Special Thanks to Joos,

A true Renaissance Engineer

For 37 years of friendship and scientific

cooperation and joint fun in motivating the young for the art of engineering

For showing us how important the role of

math is in designing for a better world

For your constructive and patient way of

building bridges between people and organisations

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Welcome to the club of emeriti. Time now

to enjoy the privileges of age!

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