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STEMM education should get “HACD”

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Science  06 Jul 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6397, pp. 22-23
DOI: 10.1126/science.aat8566

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  • RE: Five complementary pairs - industrial engineering is a good way to integrate STEMM and HACD
    • Cedric Fan, Professor, MIT Information Quality Program- Data Quality & Info Security Lab, Nanjing Tech University
    • Other Contributors:
      • Amanda Cao, Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, the University of Cambridge

    In the BOOKS ET AL. “STEMM education should get ‘HACD’” (Science 06 July 2018: Vol. 36 no. 6397 pp. 22-23), Robert Root-Bernstein (1) described the report released by the Board on Higher Education and Workforce of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine NASEM recommending that humanities, arts, crafts, and design (HACD) practices be integrated with science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) in college and post-graduate curricula (2).

    Generally speaking, STEMM need more “left brain” activities while HACD need more “right brain” activities. Interestingly, some disciplines like industrial engineering, have already integrated most parts of STEMM and HACD.

    The core of industrial engineering (IE) is solving the managerial problems by technical methods, so the basic complementary pair of IE is Technology-Management. Although industrial engineering belongs to engineering disciplines, there are plenty of design tasks. With IE, management has changed from an art to a science. So, its two strong complementary pairs are Engineering-Design and Science-Arts. As the backbone courses for IE, Operation Research (OR) is its main foundation of mathematics, while Ergonomics and Organizational Behavior (OB) need plenty of medicine, crafts and humanities. Thus, IE can have Mathematics-Humanities and Medicine-Crafts as its two weaker complementary pairs.

    IE is a good way to integrate STEMM and HACD, and should be populariz...

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