Seismic shifts in science a call to action
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Seismic shifts in science a call to action

Professor Frieder Seible is on a mission to train engineers who are bold and technically agile, ready to meet tomorrow’s challenges with the eyes of artists.In his own words, Professor Frieder Seible needs to “be where the action is”. It is why 30 years ago he moved from Germany to California, then perceived as the place for young scientists and engineers who aspired to make their mark on a century already brimming with technological wonder.In the intervening years Professor Seible rose to international prominence as a structural engineer and bridge designer, advancing the scientific basis for designing structures to withstand earthquakes. He combined this with a passion for teaching, and over the past 12 years as Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), he has been a leading figure in transforming engineering education to meet the accelerating pace of technological change.“Change” is a state that Professor Seible embraces with a passion: “I’m not a good person to preserve the status quo,” he says. “I need to be where the action is, in a global context.”And that place of action, for Professor Seible, is the Asia-Pacific and – more specifically – Melbourne, Australia, where he has been appointed as an Academic Vice-President of Monash University and Dean of the Faculties of Engineering and Information Technology.He has clear ideas for the future of engineering and what this will mean for the way the next generation of engineers is educated.

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Seismic shifts in science a call to action