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Improv and Engineering

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Many individuals, with quite a few improvisers among them, think of engineers as nerds who think of nothing but binary digits, circuits, and why they can’t get dates on Saturday night. The truth is that many technically-minded people are incredibly creative. Designing devices and systems requires engineers to combine elements in novel ways.

A friend posted a link to an article about Dartmouth professor Peter Robbie. Robbie graduated from Dartmouth in 1969 with an English degree, but went on to get his Master of Fine Arts from Cornell. Now he uses improv in his engineering design class for Dartmouth’s Thayer School ┬áto help students collaborate more effectively.

You can find the full article about Robbie’s work at Dartmouth here. It’s well worth your time to read it.