Edward A. Parrish's scientific contributions

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In developing the PLAN, WPI sought to address concerns inherent to its then traditional curriculum that was rigid, unresponsive to differences among students, and was compartmentalized by independent departments so that intellectual growth was fragmented. The PLAN was an entirely new and different educational program responsive to the needs of stud...
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The rigorous curriculum in science, engineering, management and computer science offered by Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) develops implicit problem- solving skills by requiring two nine-credit-hour projects, one in the major discipline and one at the interface between society and technology, as well as a capstone experience in the humanitie...

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... One or two courses on creative thinking skills or design tasks cannot fully develop the potential creativity in students (Cropley and Cropley 2000;Helson 1999), leading some researchers to address the need for creativity education at the macro (curriculum)level rather than just the micro (course)-level (Borrego and Cutler 2010;Crawley et al. 2011). Coincidentally, a movement to reform curricula by integrating creativity has emerged, especially in the field of university engineering education (e.g., Badran 2007;Durgin and Parrish 1998). Such a multilateral approach to integrating creative development throughout a curriculum is thought to result in more profound and long-lasting changes than brief training in a few courses (Mills and Treagust 2003). ...
... The development of a nation depends essentially on structural engineers; growing more food, generating more power, keeping the nation on the move, commuting, shelter, flood control, environmental protection, and every other conceivable and inconceivable project to improve the quality of life. Structural engineers plan, design, construct, operate, maintain and rebuild infrastructure and environmental systems that are critical to the survival of human race and vital ecological systems (Grigg et al, 2001). ...