Transforming Engineering Education

Olin was founded to become an important and constant contributor to the advancement of engineering education in America and throughout the world.  In pursuit of this mission, Olin faculty engage in education research, education consulting and the development of innovative, research-based student learning opportunities.

Education Research

We drive positive change in engineering education by conducting novel education and pedagogy research to best understand student motivation, self-efficacy, project-based learning, gender in engineering, the long-term benefits of different pedagogical approaches, and how faculty development and training can impact student learning. The findings from this research are then disseminated broadly outside of Olin and within Olin to improve our learning opportunities for our own students. 

Academic Collaboration

Olin faculty partner with institutions across the globe to help them design student-centered learning experiences that work in their context. To find out more about opportunities for collaboration, including Olin’s Summer Institute, a week-long workshop at Olin, and customized workshops, please visit the Collaboratory website.

Innovative Curriculum

We also contribute to positive change in engineering education by developing and testing innovative courses that are interdisciplinary, team-taught, and designed using research on student learning. Learn more about our curriculum

A Whole New Engineer

A Whole New Engineer written by Olin College Professor Mark Somerville and Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois David Goldberg, is an acclaimed book described by Tony Wagner as “Far more than an inspiring story about the transformation of engineering education, this book serves as a call to action and blueprint for reinventing all education for the twenty-first century.”