Transforming Failures Into Success

Jack Mattson, Penn State College of Engineering

Originally posted on December 13, 2011


Jack Matson is a prize-winning innovator who develops courses in innovative design based on "intelligent fast failure." As Director of the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education at Penn State's College of Engineering, he brings an original and offbeat approach to teaching engineering design. Dr. Matson's teaching philosophy is to stimulate creativity by encouraging students to risk failure and to realize failure is essential to developing design skills and judgment. He centers his techniques on teaching people to unlearn years of practicing risk aversion by stressing the connection between creativity and risk.
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