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Impact of AI Tools on Engineering Education

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2023 Fall Mid Atlantic Conference: Meeting our students where they are and getting them where they need to be

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Ewing, New Jersey

Publication Date

October 27, 2023

Start Date

October 27, 2023

End Date

January 10, 2024

Page Count

10

DOI

10.18260/1-2--45122

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https://peer.asee.org/45122

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Sofia M Vidalis Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, The Capital College

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Sofia Vidalis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering/Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology at Penn State Harrisburg. She received her Ph.D., Masters, and Bachelors in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida.

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Rajarajan Subramanian Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, The Capital College

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Rajarajan Subramanian is currently serving as an Associate Teaching Professor of Civil Engineering and Construction (SDCET) programs at Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg. Previously, he worked as Transportation Engineer at Maryland State Highway Administration

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Abstract

The rapid advancement of artificial intelligence has led to the integration of chatbots like ChatGPT into various sectors, including education. This study investigates the impact of many AI tools on engineering education, focusing on their potential to enhance learning outcomes and improve student engagement. Literature searches on AI-driven educational tools for engineering were reviewed. The literature shows that AI tools have provided personalized learning experiences, aiding in concept reinforcement and problem-solving. They have also simulated real-world scenarios, fostering critical thinking and creativity. This paper also presents a case study based on the experience that students have found using AI tools in their education. Moreover, AI tools adaptability to individual learning styles and the ability to provide personalized feedback demonstrate their potential to revolutionize engineering education. However, concerns regarding over-reliance on AI and data privacy issues must be addressed to fully harness its benefits. This research underscores the need for further exploration of AI-based educational tools like ChatGPT to optimize their integration into engineering curricula, ultimately enhancing the quality of education in the field. Balancing the advantages and challenges is essential for maximizing the benefits of integrating AI in engineering education.

Vidalis, S. M., & Subramanian, R. (2023, October), Impact of AI Tools on Engineering Education Paper presented at 2023 Fall Mid Atlantic Conference: Meeting our students where they are and getting them where they need to be, Ewing, New Jersey. 10.18260/1-2--45122

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