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Engineering for American Communities: Engaging engineering students in multidisciplinary altruistic engineering design projectsFreshly graduated engineers often find themselves working in teams of people very differentfrom themselves, where they must engage in more entrepreneurship and integrative thinking.Today’s world is a global market and a place of rapid technological change. Even though ABETcriteria establishes guidelines for universities to teach about the impact of engineering solutionsin a global, economic, environmental, and societal context and the National Academy ofEngineering’s Engineer of 2020 recommends graduating engineers well-trained incommunication, leadership, and the ability to work in multicultural settings, many engineeringcollege graduates find that their first or second post-graduation engineering job requires a set ofskills different than what they learned during their undergraduate engineering career.Engineering for American Communities (EFAC) is a multidisciplinary engineering studentorganization whose mission is to perform entrepreneurial engineering design work to createaffordable living innovations for people in need in local communities. The motivation behindEFAC is to provide engineering students with academic “real world” opportunities that addressthe dynamic and global nature of engineering profession and practice. EFAC engages students inauthentic design projects with real community clients, while building essential professionalskills, such as: teamwork, communication, leadership, project management, and commitment toservice.EFAC’s core team currently consists of dedicated undergraduate and graduate students fromMechanical, Electrical, Civil, and Environmental engineering departments. The demonstratedsuccess of our first client project has set the course for future projects, allowing us to replicatethis authentic learning experience for more students from our community and create a model thatis replicable at other engineering institutions. This paper will discuss the design and evolution ofEFAC, a multidisciplinary service-based extracurricular student organization. Insights on projectacquisition, organizational structure, lessons learned, student/client assessment, and future planswill be presented.
Zarske, M. S., & Rockenbaugh, L. A., & Kotys-Schwartz, D. A., & Reamon, D. T. (2011, June), Engineering for American Communities: Engaging Engineering Students in Multidisciplinary Altruistic Engineering Design Projects Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17870
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