Brains of Steel: Mind Melding with Materials

Gregory B. Olson
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University
2225 N. Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208, USA

A systems approach to the computational design of materials as dynamic multilevel structures integrates process/structure/property/performance relationships based on mechanistic understanding. In analogy to the structure of materials, new insights into the structure of the human brain provide a mechanistic basis for the design of engineering education. The development of the highest- level emotional synthetic functions controlled by the limbic system is best achieved by an integrated techmanities curriculum fostering the full skillset for value creation.


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