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Presentation addressing the topic of engineering education from the perspective of the policy analysis users group. After defining policy analysis, the author describes what the growing connection between technology and society implies for engineering education and speculates about future trends. The paper describes desirable characteristics for policy analysts and policy analyst engineers. It suggests how engineering education will change and how more creative uses of computers and communication will augment educational change in the 21st century.

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