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March 21st 2016:A New Approach to Education: UTwente's ATLAS

Although we're technically in the 21st century, most universities remain deeply rooted in the traditions and antiquated ideas of the past. But there are a few schools around the world that are bravely stepping into new territories. The University of Twente in the Netherlands is doing just that with its revolutionary ATLAS program. On this episode, Big Beacon Radio host Dave Goldberg is joined by Dean Jennifer Herek, professor Wessel Wits, and first year ATLAS student, Suhaib Aslam. Join Jennifer, Wessel, Suhaib, and Dave for a discussion of Twente's groundbreaking ATLAS program, the impact the

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Jennifer Herek

Jennifer Herek is the founding Dean of the University College Twente (Enschede, the Netherlands), which offers an honours-level BSc degree programme in Technology and Liberal Arts & Sciences (ATLAS). Now in its third year, with first students approaching graduation this June, ATLAS has already earned distinction as a 'Top Rated Study Programme' in the Netherlands. Jennifer obtained a B.A. in chemistry from Lawrence University in 1990 and Ph.D. in chemical physics from Caltech in 1996. She held research appointments at Lund University (Sweden) and the Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (Amsterdam) before joining the faculty of the University of Twente in 2006 as professor of physics
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Wessel Wits

Wessel Wits is one of the core team teachers in the ATLAS programme at the University College Twente. He has been associated with the programme since the beginning and is responsible for the Design learning line as well as curriculum development and semester coordination. Wessel received his B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Twente, in 2000, 2004 and 2008, respectively. Currently, he is appointed Assistant Professor at the Laboratory of Design, Production and Management at the Faculty of Engineering Technology. He is coordinator of the Design Engineering master track and responsible for safeguarding the consistency of design-related courses thr
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Suhaib Aslam

Suhaib Aslam is a first-year ATLAS student, striving to become an entrepreneurial T-shaped, new engineer, who is socially engaged and inspired by technology and can collaborate across disciplines: uniquely contributing to a creative and innovative process. Besides ATLAS, Suhaib focuses on being a change agent for education, through his role as a liaison of SWNE (Students for a Whole New Education) to EIWG (Education Innovators Working Group)–two networks within Big Beacon, working for educational transformation. He is also a STEM ambassador as part of The Mars Generation (an organization that serves as a catalyst to identify students with an interest in STEM and nurture their STEM educatio
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