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A Proposal For An Integrated Mechanical Engineering Curriculum At The United States Military Academy

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Trends in Mechanical Engineering

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8.107.1 - 8.107.16

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Bret Van Poppel

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Blace Albert

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Daisie Boettner

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Session 1566


Major Bret P. Van Poppel, Major Blace C. Albert and Lieutenant Colonel Daisie D. Boettner

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering United States Military Academy West Point, NY 10996


This paper presents a proposal for an integrated, project-based mechanical engineering curriculum. Several justifications support this significant change to the existing curriculum. This paper discusses the advantages of an integrated curriculum that enables tomorrow’s engineers to meet the multidisciplinary challenges of the future. This integrated curriculum satisfies the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) engineering criteria, and thus supporting program outcomes and objectives. Adoption of the integrated curriculum provides flexibility to add new and innovative courses. Course recommendations within this proposal include the addition of an Introduction to Engineering course—a multidisciplinary first-course for engineering majors of all disciplines—and other specialized electives, including the possibility of distance learning. An integrated curriculum also lends itself to a project-based learning model that is especially beneficial to engineering education. Finally, the proposed changes focus on bridging the gap between a structured, compartmentalized high school curriculum and an unstructured, open-ended graduate school experience. This paper presents current and proposed curricula, to include course “tracks”—the result of combining several current courses—and recommendations for new courses and specialized electives.

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition Copyright ©2003, American Society For Engineering Education

Van Poppel, B., & Albert, B., & Boettner, D. (2003, June), A Proposal For An Integrated Mechanical Engineering Curriculum At The United States Military Academy Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.

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