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Spektor, Michael; Buchanan, Walter W.; Wolf, Lawrence – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2018
Mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering technology, and related educational programs are not addressing in a sufficient way the principles associated with applying analytical investigations in solving actual engineering problems. Because of this, graduates do not have the adequate skills required to use the methods of applied dynamics in…
Descriptors: Job Skills, Engineering Technology, Engineering Education, Concept Formation
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Weissbach, Robert S.; Snyder, Joseph W.; Evans, Edward R., Jr.; Carucci, James R., Jr. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2017
Capstone design projects have become commonplace among engineering and engineering technology programs. These projects are valuable tools when assessing students, as they require students to work in teams, communicate effectively, and demonstrate technical competency. The use of industrial sponsors enhances these projects by giving these projects…
Descriptors: Curriculum, Engineering, Engineering Education, Engineering Technology
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Rios-Gutierrez, Fernando; Alba-Flores, Rocio – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2017
This work describes the educational experiences gained teaching the Senior Design I & II courses, a senior level, two-semester sequence in the Electrical Engineering (EE) program at Georgia Southern University (GSU). In particular, the authors present their experiences in using robotics as the main area to develop the capstone senior design,…
Descriptors: Robotics, Design, Educational Experience, Engineering Education
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Walz, Kenneth A.; Christian, Jon R. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2017
Capstone engineering design courses have been a feature at research universities and four-year schools for many years. Although such classes are less common at two-year colleges, the experience is equally beneficial for this population of students. With this in mind, Madison College introduced a project-based Engineering Design course in 2007.…
Descriptors: Curriculum, Community Colleges, Two Year Colleges, Engineering
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Viswanathan, Shekar – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2017
Final program projects (capstone course) in manufacturing design engineering technology at National University are intensive experiences in critical thinking and analysis, designed to broaden students' perspectives and provide an opportunity for integration of coursework in the area of manufacturing design engineering. This paper focuses on three…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Manufacturing, Design, Engineering Education
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Huynh, Trongnghia; Hou, Gene; Wang, Jin – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
We have conducted an education project to communicate the wave energy concept to high school students. A virtual reality system that combines both hardware and software is developed in this project to simulate the buoy-wave interaction. This first-of-its-kind wave energy unit is portable and physics-based, allowing students to conduct a number of…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Physics, Scientific Concepts, Science Careers
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Pantoya, Michelle L.; Aguirre-Munoz, Zenaida; Hunt, Emily M. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2015
This project describes a strategy to introduce young children to engineering in a way that develops their engineering identity. The targeted age group is 3-7 year old students because they rarely experience purposeful engineering instruction. The curriculum was designed around an engineering storybook and included interactive academic discussions…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Self Concept, Curriculum
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Welch, Karla Conn; Hieb, Jeffrey; Graham, James – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2015
Coursework that instills patterns of rigorous logical thought has long been a hallmark of the engineering curriculum. However, today's engineering students are expected to exhibit a wider range of thinking capabilities both to satisfy ABET requirements and to prepare the students to become successful practitioners. This paper presents the initial…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods, Engineering Education
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Rao, Madhav; Lusth, John C.; Burkett, Susan L. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2015
Integrated circuit (IC) fabrication principles is an elective course in a senior undergraduate and early graduate student's curriculum. Over the years, the semiconductor industry relies heavily on students with developed expertise in the area of fabrication techniques, learned in an IC fabrication theory and laboratory course. The theory course…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Introductory Courses, Manufacturing, Electronic Equipment
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Yang, Yonggao; Li, Lin – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2013
Renewable energy is the most rapidly growing discipline in today's business world and is commonly viewed as the main arena for research and development in various fields. This article summarizes the work and efforts of an educational project conducted at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU). A major goal of the project was to design renewable…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Energy, Energy Education, Hands on Science
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Prescott, David; El-Sakran, Tharwat; Albasha, Lutfi; Aloul, Fadi; Al-Assaf, Yousef – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2012
Recent engineering industry-based research has identified a number of skill deficiencies in graduating engineers. Emphasis on communication and teamwork informed by attributes of self management, problem solving and mutual accountability have been recognized as important needs by The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET of the United…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teamwork, Engineering, Engineering Education
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Stephan, Karl D. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2012
Authority as a philosophical concept is defined both in general and as it applies to engineering education. Authority is shown to be a good and necessary part of social structures, in contrast to some cultural trends that regard it as an unnecessary and outmoded evil. Technical, educational, and organizational authority in their normal functions…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Power Structure, Philosophy, Teacher Role
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Cui, Suxia; Wang, Younhui; Yang, Yonggao; Nave, Felecia M.; Harris, Kendall T. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2011
Engineering programs suffer a high attrition rate, which causes the nation to graduate much less engineers. A survey of the literature reveals that the high attrition rate is due mainly to the fact that the first year of an engineering program is all fundamental theory and students don't see the connection to their future engineering careers. To…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Academic Persistence, Surveys, Dropouts
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Tatzl, Dietmar – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2011
This article presents an English for Specific Purposes (ESP) task developed for teaching aeronautical engineering students. The task Design-Build-Write rests on the assumption that engineering students are skilled at mathematical reasoning, problem solving, drawing and constructing. In Gardner's 1983 Multiple Intelligences (MI) theory, these…
Descriptors: English for Special Purposes, Engineering Education, Aerospace Education, Multiple Intelligences
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Davis, Freddie J.; Lockwood-Cooke, Pamela; Hunt, Emily M. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2011
Over the last few years, WTAMU Mathematics, Engineering and Science faculty has used interdisciplinary projects as the basis for implementation of a linked-class approach to Problem-Based Learning (PBL). A project that has significant relevance to engineering statics, fluid mechanics, and calculus is the Hydrostatic Pressure Project. This project…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Undergraduate Students, Problem Based Learning, Interdisciplinary Approach
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