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A Pedagogical Concept Of Integrating Multidisciplinary Design And Technical Communication

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.48.1 - 5.48.12



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Raul Ordonez

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Harriet Benavidez

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Anthony J. Marchese

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James A. Newell

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John L. Schmalzel

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Beena Sukumaran

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Ravi Ramachandran

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Julie Haynes

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Session 2325

A PEDAGOGICAL CONCEPT OF INTEGRATING MULTIDISCIPLINARY DESIGN AND TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION Ravi P. Ramachandran1, Anthony J. Marchese1, James A. Newell1, Raul Ordonez1, John L. Schmalzel1, Beena Sukumaran1, Harriet Benavidez2 and Julie Haynes2 1. College of Engineering, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey 2. College of Communication, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey

Abstract The Engineering Clinic is an eight-semester sequence, based on the medical school model, taken by every engineering student at Rowan University. In these clinics, students and faculty from all four engineering departments work side-by-side on laboratory experiments, real world design projects and research. The solutions of these problems require not only proficiency in the technical principles, but, as importantly, require a mastery of written and oral communication skills and the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team. In the sophomore year, communication (written and oral) and design (semester long multidisciplinary design project) are integrated. The course is team-taught by faculty from the College of Communication and the College of Engineering. Students pick one of two design projects. The first is to design and build a guitar effects pedal. The second involves an economic and engineering analysis of the design and operation of a baseball stadium. Introduction In 1992, a local industrialist Henry M. Rowan made a $100,000,000 donation to the then Glassboro State College in order to establish a high-quality engineering school in southern New Jersey. This gift has enabled the university to create an innovative and forward-looking engineering program. Since 1996, the exceptional capabilities of each incoming class of approximately 100 engineering students at Rowan (average SAT score of 1260; average class rank of top 13%) have repeatedly verified the need for a quality undergraduate engineering school in the quickly growing region of southern New Jersey. The College of Engineering at Rowan is comprised of four departments: Chemical; Civil and Environmental; Electrical and Computer; and Mechanical. Each department has been designed to serve 25 to 30 students per year, resulting in 100 to 120 students per year in the College. The size of the College has been optimized such that it is large enough to provide specialization in separate and credible departments, yet small enough to permit a truly multidisciplinary curriculum

Ordonez, R., & Benavidez, H., & Marchese, A. J., & Newell, J. A., & Schmalzel, J. L., & Sukumaran, B., & Ramachandran, R., & Haynes, J. (2000, June), A Pedagogical Concept Of Integrating Multidisciplinary Design And Technical Communication Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8621

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