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EDSGN 100: A first-year cornerstone engineering design course

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2019 FYEE Conference


Penn State University , Pennsylvania

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July 28, 2019

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July 28, 2019

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July 30, 2019

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M2A: Learning By Design 1

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Sarah C Ritter Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Sarah C. Ritter, PhD, is an associate teaching professor in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs at the Pennsylvania State University and course chair for EDSGN 100, the cornerstone engineering design course. She received her BS degree from Louisiana Tech University and PhD degree from Texas A&M University, both in Biomedical Engineering. Her research focused on developing an optics-based system for long-term monitoring of relevant blood analytes, such as glucose for patients with diabetes. At Penn State University, she teaches Introduction to Engineering Design and a graduate-level Engineering Design Studio course.

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Sven G. Bilén P.E. Pennsylvania State University, University Park Orcid 16x16

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Sven G. Bilén, Ph.D., P.E. is Professor of Engineering Design, Electrical Engineering, and Aerospace Engineering at Penn State and Head of the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs. His educational research interests include developing techniques for enhancing engineering design education, innovation in design, teaching technological entrepreneurship, global product design, and systems design.

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Introduction to Engineering Design (EDSGN 100) is a first-year “cornerstone” engineering design course taught to over 3600 students annually across 20 Penn State campuses. EDSGN 100 is a hands-on, project-based course in which students work in teams to apply an engineering design process to a variety of instructor-led and client-sponsored design projects. In support of these design projects, the students learn design tools and techniques, such as hand sketching, both formal and informal communication techniques, and computer-aided design software. Through the lens of systems—or “big picture”—thinking, students begin to understand the role of engineering to deliver solutions that are technically feasible, economically viable, and desirable to improve the global community. Over the past two years, the course has been significantly updated to reflect changing academic and industry needs. This paper describes the course updates, highlighting newly developed course modules that leverage the expertise of a team of interdisciplinary instructors.

Ritter, S. C., & Bilén, S. G. (2019, July), EDSGN 100: A first-year cornerstone engineering design course Paper presented at 2019 FYEE Conference , Penn State University , Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--33689

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