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Academic Maker Spaces and Engineering Design

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Making in Design

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Design in Engineering Education

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26.138.1 - 26.138.19



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Vincent Wilczynski Yale University

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Vincent Wilczynski is the Deputy Dean of the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science and the James S. Tyler Director of the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation & Design. As the Deputy Dean, he helps plan and implement all academic initiatives at the School. In addition, he manages the School's teaching and research resources and facilities. As the James S. Tyler Director of the Center for Engineering Innovation & Design he leads the School’s efforts to promote collaboration, creativity, design and manufacturing activities at Yale’s academic makerspace. His professional interests in Mechanical Engineering are in the areas of data acquisition/analysis and mechanical design. He is the Co-Chair of the Executive Advisory Board of the FIRST Foundation and is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering. Previously, he was the Dean of Engineering at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and has had fellowships at the MIT Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, the Harvard School of Public Health and with the American Council on Education. He has also served as the Vice President of Public Awareness for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and was the 2001 Baccalaureate College Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation, the only national award that recognizes outstanding college teaching.

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Academic Makerspaces and Engineering Design Vincent Wilczynski, Eric Dufresne, Joseph Zinter Lead Author: Yale University School of Engineering and Applied ScienceThe arrival of academic makerspaces on college campuses signals an important developmentfor engineering design education. On a growing number of campuses, traditional machine shopequipment has been combined with digital design and manufacturing tools to establish creativecommunities. These communities support academic, extracurricular and personal designactivities under the watch of university faculty and staff. As awareness of the value of academicmakerspaces increases in academic and non-academic settings, a greater number ofuniversities are entering this new approach to learning and creating, often with uniqueinstitutional purposes. This paper examines a collection of academic makerspaces to report ontheir unique attributes as models for institutions who are planning to create academicmakerspace. The paper will review facilities at MIT, Georgia Institute of Technology,Northwestern University, Rice University, University of Arizona, Stamford University and YaleUniversity to highlight the unique attributes of each institutional model for an academicmakerspace.

Wilczynski, V. (2015, June), Academic Maker Spaces and Engineering Design Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23477

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