[caption id="attachment_51421" align="alignleft" width="150"] As the face of the engineering field has evolved, some experts wonder if teaching methods, too, should change.[/caption]

Some advocates of engineering education wonder if too great an emphasis exists on students mastering mechanics, and they believe that real-world experience—including the ability to communicate ideas and procedures clearly—should hold greater importance.

In a recent study, AMD and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) reviewed 29 programs at 28 colleges that equally emphasize real-world experience and technical skills to produce well-rounded engineering graduates.

These colleges have...

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