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Engaging First-Year Students with a Hands-On Course using Student-Driven Projects

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

First-Year Programs: Design in the First Year

Tagged Division

First-Year Programs

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

18

DOI

10.18260/1-2--32718

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https://cms.jee.org/32718

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39

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Lorraine Francis University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-2516-2957

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Lorraine Francis is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota and the 3M Chair in Experiential Learning in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Her research is focused on the field of materials processing. She has developed several courses and authored a textbook.

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David John Orser University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-8820-0220

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David Orser teaches and develops undergraduate education curriculum with a focus on laboratory courses for the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. His courses leverage project-based learning, experiential learning, and self-paced activities.

David has over ten years of industry experience specializing in mixed-signal RF integrated circuit design, power systems, and power electronics.

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Kia Bazargan University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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Prof. Kia Bazargan is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Has has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters related to FPGAs and VLSI computer-aided design. He received his Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Sharif University, Tehran, Iran, and the MS and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, in 1998 and 2000, respectively. He has served as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on CAD of Integrated Circuits and Systems, and as a guest coeditor of the ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems Special Issue on Dynamically Adaptable Embedded Systems. He has served on the technical program committee of a number of IEEE/ACM sponsored conferences (e.g., Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), Field Programmable Logic (FPL), Design Automation Conference (DAC), International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD), and Asia and South Pacific DAC). He served as the program chair of the FPGA'18 and the general chair of the FPGA'19 conference. He has received a US National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award.

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Susan Mantell University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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Susan Mantell is the James J. Ryan Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Prof. Mantell received her BS and PhD degrees from Stanford University, and her MS degree from Northeastern. Her research investigates the interrelationship between polymer morphology and mechanical performance. Prof. Mantell is the recipient of several research and teaching awards including the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award and the University of Minnesota Morse Alumni Award for Teaching.

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Joshua M. Feinberg University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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Joshua Feinberg is a Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Minnesota. His research is focused on magnetic materials. He has developed courses and undergraduate majors at the departmental and college level, and runs a national multi-user facility at the University of Minnesota.

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Russell J. Holmes University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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Russell J. Holmes is a Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies for Materials Science and Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. His research is focused on organic and hybrid organic-inorganic semiconductors for application in optoelectronic devices.

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Abstract

This evidence-based practice paper describes the development of a second-semester project-based learning course for freshmen in a college of science and engineering. The course grew from a collegiate effort to develop community and equip freshmen with the knowledge, experiences, and skills they need to be successful and remain engaged in science and engineering. It builds on a first-semester required course for all freshmen that addresses vital topics such as choosing a major, becoming engaged in activities, understanding diversity and developing a resume. The topic of this paper is a second semester, hands-on, project-based learning course that is designed to give freshmen the chance to explore their interests and experience the satisfaction of completing a challenging, self-driven team project.

Francis, L., & Orser, D. J., & Bazargan, K., & Mantell, S., & Feinberg, J. M., & Holmes, R. J. (2019, June), Engaging First-Year Students with a Hands-On Course using Student-Driven Projects Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32718

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