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July 26th 2015:The Lassonde School and the Education of Renaissance Professionals

After years of relative stability in higher education, a small number of engineering schools are emerging around the world to forge a new vision of what it means to be a professional. In this episode host Dave Goldberg interviews Janusz Kozinski, founding dean of one of the newest engineering schools on the planet, the Lassonde School of Engineering in Toronto. Learn how Lassonde got started, about its vision for “renaissance engineers,” and the lessons learned so far. The show is also joined by guest commentator Athena Lin, chair of Students for a Whole New Education and rising junior a

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Janusz Kozinski

Janusz Kozinski is Founding Dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering. As a globally trained academic leader, multidisciplinary researcher, creative thinker, arts enthusiast, entrepreneur, and a speaker of 5 languages, Janusz embodies the traits of a Renaissance Engineer. Born and raised in Krakow, Poland, Janusz received his post-doctoral training at MIT before joining McGill where he was a Sir William Dawson Scholar in Mining, Metals & Materials Engineering and Associate Vice Principal (Research and International Relations). Janusz has been a trailblazing leader at every institution he has served, including McGill, the University of Saskatchewan, and York University. Janusz is a p
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Athena Lin

Athena Lin is a junior studying Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She believes in the power of student voices to effectuate change in higher education. She is a student advocate for Big Beacon and chair of Students for a Whole New Education (SWNE), which is an initiative launched to empower students to become change agents in engineering education and higher education, more generally. SWNE aims to bring together students from around the world who are united by the challenges they face in an education system that resists change. Athena hopes to encourage students to reflect on their education and create opportunities for them to challenge t
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