Transforming Engineering Education through Digital Twins: A Vision for the Future

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Transforming Engineering Education through Digital Twins: A Vision for the Future

Ion Barosan
Eindhoven University of Technology

In the rapidly evolving landscape of engineering education, the integration of digital twins presents a paradigm shift that promises to revolutionize the way we prepare the engineers of tomorrow. Digital twins, digital replicas of physical systems or processes, are not only transforming the field of engineering but also offering innovative pedagogical opportunities.  This presentation explores the convergence of digital twins and engineering education, shedding light on the potential for a more dynamic and experiential learning environment.  Our presentation will commence by introducing the concept of digital twins and their wide-ranging applications across various engineering disciplines.  We will elucidate how digital twins enable real-time monitoring, analysis, and optimization of physical systems, facilitating a deeper understanding of complex engineering principles. We will then delve into the critical role digital twins can play in engineering education. By fostering hands-on, immersive experiences in virtual environments, digital twins empower students to explore, experiment, and problem-solve in a risk-free space. We will discuss how this technology can enhance traditional classroom instruction, laboratory exercises, and capstone projects, allowing students to gain practical insights and develop critical skills in a controlled yet authentic setting. Moreover, this presentation will highlight the potential benefits of digital twins in addressing the challenges faced by engineering educators. With digital twins, instructors can easily adapt to remote or hybrid learning environments, ensuring continuity in education. We will explore case studies and examples of institutions that have successfully integrated digital twins into their curricula, demonstrating the positive impact on student engagement and outcomes. In conclusion, our presentation will emphasize how digital twins can propel engineering education into a new era, fostering innovation, problem-solving, and real-world application of knowledge.

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