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An Interdisciplinary, Multi-Institutional Design Experience for Freshman Engineering and Art Students

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Engineering in the First-Year

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First-Year Programs and Multidisciplinary Engineering

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Steven P. Marra Johns Hopkins University

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Steven P. Marra received his B.S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, in 1998 and 2001, respectively, all in mechanical engineering. He is currently an Associate Teaching Professor in Mechanical Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include soft and hard tissue biomechanics, nonlinear mechanics of solids, mechanics of tissue damage, and undergraduate engineering education.

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Jenna Adele Frye Maryland Institute College of Art


Edon Muhaxheri Maryland Institute College of Art

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Edon is a multidisciplinary artist with a particular interest in digital arts and moving sculptures. His teaching portfolio includes digital fabrication prototyping, and courses on the design and making of mechanical sculptures.
For 19 years, he has contributed in the visual and conceptual identity of private businesses, public enterprises, non-governmental organizations, and public figures.

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Laure Drogoul Maryland Institute College of Art

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Laure Drogoul is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and cobbler of situations who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Laure works with a wide range of media including projects in which she creates sculpture, performance, and theatrical events that invite the viewer to be an active participant. She has exhibited widely, including The International House of Japan in Tokyo, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington Project for the Arts, The Walters Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, and The Center for Architecture in New York as well as many street corners, alleys, and underutilized urban spaces. She has received Maryland State Artist Awards and a Franklin Furnace Award for performance art and has been a recipient of a US/Japan Creative Artist Fellowship. Laure holds a BFA from Temple University and MFA in Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 2006 Ms.Drogoul was honored with The Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize.

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In the spring of 2018, 44 first-year mechanical engineering students from the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering and 34 first-year art students from the Maryland Institute College of Art joined together into 18 teams to complete a semester-long design project. The students were given an open-ended design problem, a relatively small set of design requirements and constraints, and a budget of $100 per team. An exhibition was hosted at the end of the semester at which the students' projects were presented to the public. This work describes the logistical, pedagogical, and social challenges encountered by the instructors and facilitators in creating and implementing this interdisciplinary and multi-institutional design assignment.

Marra, S. P., & Frye, J. A., & Muhaxheri, E., & Drogoul, L. (2019, June), An Interdisciplinary, Multi-Institutional Design Experience for Freshman Engineering and Art Students Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32077

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