Meet Dean Lutchen and his Views on Education
Dean, College of Engineering
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Kenneth R. Lutchen, is Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Boston University. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles cited nearly 9,000 times. His research uncovers the mechanisms that cause lung disease and novel methods for diagnosing lung disease.
While Chair of BME the department ranking improved from 18th to 6th in the nation. As Dean, the College’s Graduate Ranking has improved from 54th to 36th and is ranked 16th among all private universities. He oversaw the creation of a new Divisions in Materials Science and Engineering and in Systems Engineering, a 20,000 sq. ft. Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC) and 5,000 sq. ft. Bioengineering Technology and Entrepreneurship Center (BTEC) both designed to instill interdisciplinary product design skills throughout engineering education in partnership with industry. Dean Lutchen has advanced the concept of “Creating the Societal Engineer” as a foundational principle of Engineering Education to prepare students for life-long learning and impact. He has also published op-ed pieces on engineering education and technology transfer in Harvard Business Review, Forbes magazine, and Business Insider.
Dean Lutchen served on the Advisory Committee to the Directorate for Engineering of The National Science Foundation. He is Past-President of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and has served on the Board of Directors of the Biomedical Engineering Society and is currently on the Board of Directors of The Wyss Institute for Bioinspired Engineering at Harvard, and for Beta Bionix Inc. Dr. Lutchen has been the recipient of many awards including the AIMBE Pierre Galletti Award, AIMBE’s highest honor.
Engineering, Education and Society
Below are a series of Dean Lutchen’s essays on an array of topical matters, adapted from pieces that appeared in ENGineer, the College’s alumni magazine.
- Engineering’s Gender Diversity Problem: Why does the most popular engineering discipline attract so few females?
- Educating the Maker Generation for the Digital Economy: The Days of the Single-Discipline Engineering Degree Have Passed
- A Foundational Experience: Students at the Forefront of Research: Senior Design Projects and alumni-funded undergraduate research opportunities have evolved into integral hallmark experiences for students.
- Looking Forward: Several College initiatives now bearing fruit were envisioned years ago, and others are now in the early stages of development.
- The Hidden Value Proposition Via On-Campus Digital Learning: These new technologies have the potential to excite and engage students so they will be more likely to remain in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
- The Challenges of Success: As we welcome rising interest in engineering, we need to take a closer look at who our students are and how we are educating them.
- Transforming Engineering Education for a New Era of Product Innovation: The Engineering Product Innovation Center promises to prepare students for a changing design and manufacturing landscape.
- Putting MOOCs Where Our Mouths Are: Massive Open Online Courses aren’t the educational nirvana some think they are, but they can play an important role in transforming engineering education.
- A Trademarked Education: The concept was so important that Boston University trademarked the phrase Boston University Creating the Societal Engineer. Here’s how it’s done.
- Engineering Education for the 21st Century: The technology leaders of tomorrow need more than what the classroom alone can offer.
STEM and K–12 Outreach
- We Can Build the Future: How we can get K–12 kids interested in engineering, retain engineering undergraduates and create Societal Engineers.
- Engineering Is Not Science: We need to excite kids about engineering and innovation, not just science.
- Partners in Innovation: A new model for academic-industry research partnerships.
- Society’s Technology Gap: America’s lack of basic technology knowledge threatens our future.
- Healthy Investing: Continued federal research support is critical to our economic prosperity.
- The Unnecessary Collision: How Not to Navigate a Global Pandemic.
Engineering in Society
- Creating the Societal Citizen…or Else?: Higher education needs to commit to Creating the Societal Citizen.
- Planning for a Bright Future: Leveraging emerging technologies in research and education.
- Creating the Societal Engineer: Engineers need an appreciation and passion for how they can use their education to improve society.
- Lessons Learned: A year after the outbreak of COVID-19, science and technology have proven to be the heroes.