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Board 96: The Seven C’s of Solving Engineering Problems

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Mechanical Engineering Division Poster Session

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Mechanical Engineering

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Ron Averill Michigan State University

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Ron Averill joined the faculty at Michigan State University in 1992. He currently serves as the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research focus is on pedagogy, design optimization of large and complex systems, analysis of composite materials and structures, and design for sustainable agriculture.

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Most engineering courses involve problem solving, and solving problems requires the development of several types of knowledge and skills. From course to course, the kinds of problems that are solved and the specific knowledge and skills required can be very different. But across a wide range of courses we can define categories of knowledge and skills that are required for solving most problems. By referring to these categories while teaching, studying and practicing, we can develop a framework for learning. This framework provides a location and a structure for storing important knowledge, making it easier to recall.

In this paper, the Seven C’s and the roles they play in problem solving will be defined in greater detail. Suggestions will be provided to instructors and students regarding how to make use of these ideas to increase understanding and skills.

Averill, R. (2019, June), Board 96: The Seven C’s of Solving Engineering Problems Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32470

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