Where are we going and why are we going there in the first place? An outsider’s perspective on the future of engineering education
Dave Franchino – BSME alumni and president of Design Concepts, a Madison based strategic innovation firm – shared his thoughts on future scenarios for engineering education and what’s needed from tomorrow’s graduates based on what he has seen in his practice.
Dave Franchino is the President and Principal of Design Concepts. He has more than 25 years of product development experience as a corporate practitioner, academic, and leader of a product development and strategic innovation firm. He was a Project Manager and Lead Engineer on the team that designed the first line of Saturn automobiles for General Motors. He worked at IDEO as a Product Development Engineer. He has also been a small business owner, an entrepreneur, and a consultant.
A frequent lecturer on the topics of product design and design thinking, Dave has spoken at Stanford University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Product Development Management Association, the American Marketing Association, and many other educational institutions and conferences.
Dave earned his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1985 and his M.S. degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University in 1994.