June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
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Engineering in the Humanities: Interdisciplinary Projects in the Arts and EngineeringA well-rounded education for engineers is often touted as a necessary and valuable aspect ofeducation, but achieving this goal is often difficult. As engineering projects are often technicallyfocused, applications in the humanities may be hard to find. In addition, the fragmented natureof collegiate departments often hinder collaboration by placing faculty in to silos of their owndiscipline.Over the past five years, the authors, electrical engineering and art faculty, have providedexperiences in design projects in art, music, dance, and theatre to mechanical, electrical, andcomputer engineering students. This paper presents the projects implemented by the researchersincluding three senior design projects involving aerial and underwater photography projects aswell as a the development of a motion capture laboratory. The latter has focused on motioncapture applications in the arts which include the motion analysis in music conducting, nonverbalexpression and character development through movement, skeletal modeling of dance, and four-dimensional animating drawing and painting.The paper presents the assessment of this effort, including the survey of the engineering studentsto gauge their increased interest in the humanities and their ability to communicate acrossdisciplines. In addition, the impact of the humanities students and faculty are assessed in relationto the effectiveness of the motion capture in their respective disciplines.
Wuerffel, E., & Will, J. D. (2015, June), Engineering in the Humanities: Interdisciplinary Projects in the Arts and Engineering Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23968
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