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Developing the Next Generation of Changemaking Engineers

February 13, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Guest Lecture by Mark Huerta, ASU/PhD Candidate, Engineering Education Systems & Design

There is a growing recognition that 21st century competencies and skills (e.g. creativity, innovation, problem-solving, resilience, teamwork, and leadership) are important in developing “changemakers” or leaders capable of enacting positive change within their communities. This talk will discuss Huerta’s efforts within this space as a social entrepreneur starting a non-profit and becoming an instructor/mentor in human-centered design and social entrepreneurship.

Huerta will share details of his dissertation research, “Inner Engineering:  A mixed methods study evaluating the use of a mindfulness-based intervention to cultivate 21st century skills among freshmen engineering students,” including the development and implementation of a mindfulness leadership program, and findings that suggest the potential value of introducing engineering students to mindfulness as a means of facilitating the development of 21st century competencies. Mark will discuss the implications of this work and how it will influence future research on the development of changemaking engineers.


Mark Huerta is a PhD candidate in the Engineering Education Systems & Design program at Arizona State University (ASU). He earned his BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering, both from ASU. He is the Co-Founder & Chairman of 33 Buckets, a non-profit that provides sustainable clean water access in the developing world. Mark has experiences as a researcher, social entrepreneur, engineer, teacher, and higher education program manager.

Mark’s research interests revolve around developing engineers capable of leading and enacting positive change on their communities. His research explores the topics of entrepreneurial mindset, innovation, well-being, leadership, interpersonal skills, and other 21st century competencies. Mark has experiences in teaching and mentoring engineering students in human-centered design, social entrepreneurship, humanitarian engineering, leadership, and mindfulness.


February 13, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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