June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
NSF Grantees Poster Session
The Mechanical Engineering Department at a private, mid-sized university was awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Revolutionizing Engineering and Computer Science Departments (RED) program in July 2017. This award supports the development of a mechanical engineering program where students and faculty are immersed in a culture of doing engineering with industry engineers that in turn fosters an identity of being an engineer. Cultivating a culture of doing engineering can result in graduates who not only are prepared technically and professionally with a practical, realistic understanding of what it is to be an engineer, but also who identify with and are committed to the engineering profession. This culture of doing engineering is created through changes in four essential areas indicated by research: a shared department vision, faculty, curriculum, and supportive policies. Unifying these changes is a significant connection to industry. This paper reviews the initial process of developing this culture of “Engineering with Engineers” and shares progress in the four essential areas needed to develop a culture of doing engineering. It also provides insights on lessons learned.
This project was funded by the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) IUSE/PFE: RED grant through NSF.
Han, Y., & Cook, K. E., & Mason, G., & Shuman, T. R., & Turns, J. A. (2019, June), Board 31: Engineering with Engineers: Revolutionizing a Mechanical Engineering Department Through Industry Immersion and a Focus on Identity Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32322
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