Successful Education

Book Endorsements and Opinion

"...This book is one important step of many.  It provides an interdisciplinary, accessible framework that broadens the conversation to include all stakeholders needed for change: practicing professionals, firm owners, educators, administrators, future engineers, and policymakers.  Without the entire community engaged in this conversation, we will not be able to meet the challenges of this new century..."

Jeffrey Russell, Ph.D., P.E., Dist. M.ASCE
Professor and Chair
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
University of Wisconsin, Madison

"... But I believe that current pedagogy and a rigid engineering curriculum play an important role, as well.  This rigidity, in my opinion, not only discourages underrepresented students but also tends to deter white males who are creative and artistic.  I just finished reading Tomasz Arciszewski's book "Successful Education. How to Educate Creative Engineers".  I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a genuine interest in a fundamental change in engineering curricula.  In order to make engineering education more inclusive, we must be able and willing to create a culture of acceptance that not only embraces students with different learning styles but caters to them"

JP Mohsen, Ph.D.
Professor and the President of ASEE
February edition of PRISM, the magazine of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) 


"My dream is to again educate engineers who are creative and successful leaders in our society.  The key for success is engaged, challenging and relevant education.  Therefore, I propose the concept of a new form of engineering education called ‘Successful Education,’ based on Sternberg's Theory of Successful Intelligence.   Successful Education requires a new teaching/learning environment that I call the ‘Successful Department.’ ”

from Successful Education: How to Educate Creative Engineers
by Tomasz Arciszewski, Ph.D

Watch the YouTube presentation about the book: part 1 and part 2

Book Information

The book is a How-To-Teaching-Manual for educators and creative engineers who crave the time for change in engineering. There was a time in our history when engineers were the thinkers, artists and leaders of society and now is the time for them to become once again.

Successful Education is necessary in the establishment of a Successful Department, i.e. an engineering department that can educate engineers who are successful not only financially, but who are also leaders in society and who engage in deeply satisfying work. Successful Education is based on the Theory of Successful Intelligence (Richard Sternberg), but also on da Vinci's Seven Principles (Michael Gelb), on the concept of the Medici Effect (Frans Johanssen), and on the concept of Creative Region (Richard Florida). It is also through the experience, knowledge and leadership of Dr. Arciszewski himself that has led to this new way of thinking about engineering education. The nearly forty years of teaching on three continents, the myriad of academic andEdukacja SukcesuSuccessful Education in Mandarine Languageprofessional leadership positions he has held and the hundreds of hours of personal and academic research in the areas of engineering, systems theory, computing and cognitive psychology have resulted in a concise synthesis of the issue. Through his book Successful Education: How to Educate Successful Engineers (now available in Chinese and Polish languages) as well as through his lectures and presentations (USA, Poland, China, Taiwan) Dr. Arciszewski describes with clarity and precision where engineering education is today, how it got there and what concerned departments, instructors and professionals can do to help engineering education reach its full potential in the years to come.

This book provides a conceptual foundation for a Successful Department and provides specific recommendations on how to create it.  It is based on the following assumptions:

  • A fundamental transformation of engineering education is not only possible, it is necessary.
  • Successful Departments attract the best and brightest students. 
  • The overall success of the engineering profession is measured not only by the size of salaries but also by its political influence and prestige, the social position of its members and  the reestablishing of engineers as leaders and inventors in society who provide essential services and in the process build satisfaction and pride in their work.