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A Case Study On Transforming Undergraduate Engineering Education At The University Of Wisconsin Madison

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Conference

2010 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

Start Date

June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

History, Program Design, and even a Journal Club

Tagged Division

Multidisciplinary Engineering

Page Count

13

Page Numbers

15.13.1 - 15.13.13

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/16713

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36

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Steven Cramer University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and
Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
UW-Madison College of Engineering

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Wendy Crone University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Professor
Department of Engineering Physics
UW-Madison College of Engineering

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Moira Lafayette University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Director of Assessment
UW-Madison College of Engineering

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Jeffrey Russell University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Department Chair and Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
UW-Madison College of Engineering

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Paul Peercy University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Darryl G. Thelen University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Daniel Klingenberg University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Amy Wendt University of Wisconsin, Madison

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A Case Study on Transforming Undergraduate Engineering Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Abstract

Several reports such as the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) The Engineer of 2020 and Educating the Engineer of 2020 document the changing nature of engineering as well as the changing world in which engineers practice. As The Engineer of 2020 and others argue, this changing landscape that our graduates face strongly suggests a need to change the preparation our students receive.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been facilitating change in the undergraduate program to promote a different kind of engineering education. To provide leadership and strategy for change, the College of Engineering (CoE) formed the Engineering Beyond Boundaries EB2 Task Force (TF) consisting of a core group of faculty.. Through a series of focus groups, faculty meetings and the formation of a larger working group, faculty and staff articulated and pursued the following goal:

The College of Engineering will provide a contemporary engineering education that is strong in the fundamentals of the discipline and also fosters an understanding of the societal context of engineering and a passion for life-long learning. This will be achieved by guiding students through new educational opportunities to: • build disciplinary excellence with multidisciplinary perspective, • nurture critical thinking, • develop multicultural competence, • cultivate collaboration and leadership skills, and • promote an ethic of service to the profession and the community

To provide the necessary incentives and mechanisms for change, to-date the College has held three internal solicitations for proposals to transform undergraduate education providing faculty and staff with modest grants for release time and other resources. A total of 26 projects have been funded. The purpose of this paper is to describe our process, document accomplishments to date including successes, challenges, lessons learned, and to detail our next steps to continue this transformation.

Cramer, S., & Crone, W., & Lafayette, M., & Russell, J., & Peercy, P., & Thelen, D. G., & Klingenberg, D., & Wendt, A. (2010, June), A Case Study On Transforming Undergraduate Engineering Education At The University Of Wisconsin Madison Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. https://peer.asee.org/16713

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