ארכיון - חשמל 2017 Archive - Electricity

Educating Engineers in the Academia for the Modern Age

Thursday | 9.11| 16:30

Herods Boutique, Kings

Prof. Ami Moyal

Afeka Tel-Aviv Academic College of Engineering

Israel

Prof. Ami Moyal has been President of the Afeka Tel-Aviv Academic College of Engineering since November 2014. Prior to his election, he served as Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering. During his time at Afeka, Prof. Moyal also founded and headed the Afeka Center for Language Processing, a research center in the field of speech and language processing.

Prior to joining Afeka, Prof. Moyal was active in the speech processing hi-tech industry for 15 years. He served in several positions at NSC, Natural Speech Communication Ltd., a provider of advanced speech recognition technologies, including VP Technology Development, VP Business Development and 7 years as CEO.

During his time in the industry and the academia, Prof. Moyal procured and led tens of research and development grants in the field of Speech Recognition.

Since beginning his tenure as President of Afeka College, Prof. Moyal has invested efforts in implementing his vision regarding the education of a new generation of engineers and has published a number of opinion columns in the Israeli press on vital topics such as the importance of: studying high-level mathematics in high-school regardless of the grade; training engineers with soft-skills in addition to hard-skills; obtaining academic degrees for furthering personal and national growth; and training both new and experienced engineers for the modern era. 

Prof. Moyal holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in the Electrical & Computer Engineering from Ben-Gurion University in Be'er-Sheva, Israel.

Abstract

The twenty-first century is characterized by accelerated technological progress that is influencing all aspects of our lives. This progress will has a profound impact on the job market in general and specifically on the field of engineering - inevitably affecting how academic institutions educate engineering students.

 

The desired attributes of a modern engineer, as reflected by the industry, go beyond the ability to apply knowledge in mathematics, science and engineering. Skills such as self-learning, critical thinking, teamwork and effective communication have become essential. Furthermore, it is also necessary to account for the traits that distinguish the modern generation of students from those of past years.

 

This lecture will present various international studies that have researched the required skills of modern age engineers, the traits of today’s students and the changes that are necessary for academic institutions to implement in order to train engineers with the skills required to succeed in the market and successfully contribute to the national and global economy.