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Developing A Multidisciplinary Engineering Program At Arizona State University’s East Campus

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Multidisciplinary Engineering Programs II

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10.429.1 - 10.429.16



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Scott Danielson

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Robert Hinks

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Mark Henderson

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Chen-Yaun Kuo

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Chell Roberts

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Darryl Morrell

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Robert Grondin

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Developing a Multidisciplinary Engineering Program at Arizona State University’s East Campus

Chell Roberts, Darryl Morrell, Robert Grondin, Chen-Yaun Kuo, Robert Hinks, Scott Danielson: College of Technology and Applied Science Mark Henderson: Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering Arizona State University


The purpose of this paper is to present some key elements of the design process used to create a new multidisciplinary undergraduate engineering program and document the emerging program model. The program will be housed in the newly created Department of Engineering at Arizona State University’s East Campus and will award a BSE in Engineering degree; the program will seek accreditation under the ABET general engineering criteria. The new engineering program is being developed from a clean slate by a founding team that will begin implementation with its inaugural freshman class in Fall Semester of 2005. Elements of the design process discussed include: a preliminary planning process that focused on data gathering and feasibility assessment; the design process for student and program objectives and outcomes; the development of brand identity; design of a curricular structure; design of required engineering competencies that form a common foundation experience; and the design process for identifying program concentrations. Some observations and next steps are also presented.


In July of 2003, a feasibility assessment and preliminary planning process was initiated for creation of an engineering program at ASU East Campus. This process resulted in a plan to develop a new engineering program at ASU’s East Campus. The need for this program is driven by the rapid population growth of the Phoenix metropolitan area, capacity restrictions at ASU’s Tempe campus and at other state universities, forecasts of engineering student and industry demand, and a desire to develop a polytechnic campus at ASU.

Unlike many curriculum development or reform efforts, the development of this new program began with a blank slate. This has given the founding faculty team unprecedented freedom and flexibility in the design of this program, resulting in the development of a novel and flexible curriculum that we believe will address the needs of engineering graduates in the modern, global workplace.

In this paper, we provide some background, and then describe several of the processes used to develop the program and its curriculum. In particular, we present the planning process leading to

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Danielson, S., & Hinks, R., & Henderson, M., & Kuo, C., & Roberts, C., & Morrell, D., & Grondin, R. (2005, June), Developing A Multidisciplinary Engineering Program At Arizona State University’s East Campus Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14892

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