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Implementation Of A Three Semester Concurrent Engineering Design Sequence For Lower Division Engineering Students

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Teaching Strategies in Graphics

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10.719.1 - 10.719.15



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Nicholas Bertozzi

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Implementation of a Three-Semester Concurrent Engineering Design Sequence for Lower-Division Engineering Students

N. Bertozzi, C. Hebert, J. Rought, C. Staniunas

Daniel Webster College/Embry Riddle Aeronautical University/Clarkson University


Over the past decade the software products available for solid modeling, dynamic, stress, thermal, and flow analysis, and computer-aiding manufacturing (CAM) have become more powerful, affordable, and easier to use. At the same time it has become increasingly important for students to gain concurrent engineering design and systems integration experience. The purpose of this paper is to communicate the dramatic effect that the new software has had on the way that mechanical drawing and engineering design are taught at Daniel Webster College (DWC). The two year design experience at DWC is more extensive than the design experience that students normally have during the first two years of most four-year engineering programs. The evolution of this design experience will be presented. Three of the presenters of this paper are students. Two will present robotic arm projects; the third will present a supersonic gun project.

I. Introduction

Daniel Webster College offers B.S. degrees in a variety of majors; however, the current engineering degree programs are two-year transfer programs. The College has several articulation agreements with ABET-accredited engineering schools. Beginning in the fall of 2005 the College will begin offering B.S. degrees in both mechanical and aeronautical engineering.

Maintaining interest has been a major concern for some time in engineering education. A study done by the Higher Education Research Institute (1993)1 determined that only 51% of students who started in engineering remained in the major. The study found that the number one reason the students gave for changing their major was a loss of interest in engineering.

Elaine Seymour and Nancy M. Hewitt have written the book, Talking About Leaving (2000)2. The data they collected show that approximately 40 percent of undergraduate students leave engineering programs and that these losses occur among the most highly qualified college entrants and are disproportionately greater among women and students of color, despite a serious national effort to improve their recruitment and retention.

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Bertozzi, N. (2005, June), Implementation Of A Three Semester Concurrent Engineering Design Sequence For Lower Division Engineering Students Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14358

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