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Inspiring and Engaging First-Year Engineering Students at a Small Campus Through International Team Design Projects

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2019 FYEE Conference

Location

Penn State University , Pennsylvania

Publication Date

July 28, 2019

Start Date

July 28, 2019

End Date

July 30, 2019

Conference Session

M1A: WIP - Learning experiences 1

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FYEE Conference - Paper Submission

Page Count

4

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https://peer.asee.org/33714

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8

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Maria J Evans Penn State Brandywine

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Maria J. Evans is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Engineering at Penn State. Her interests are in engineering design education, global engineering education, and mechanics. She organizes multinational design projects in a freshman introduction to engineering design course in collaboration with universities from five countries and students from all levels of study. She has an extensive industry background in satellite and mission design, and strives to bring real industry problems into her design courses.

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Ivan E. Esparragoza Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Ivan E. Esparragoza is an Associate Professor of Engineering at Penn State. His interests are in engineering design education, innovative design, global design, and global engineering education. He has introduced multinational design projects in a freshman introductory engineering design course in collaboration with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean as part of his effort to contribute to the formation of world class engineers for the Americas. He is actively involved in the International Division of the American Society for Engineering Education and in the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institution (LACCEI) as Vice-President for Meetings and in the International Federation of Engineering education Societies (IFEES) as VP for the Americas and First VP.

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Abstract

This work-in-progress, innovative practice paper summarizes our first-year Introduction to Engineering Design course at a small campus, and our continuing efforts to improve student engagement, inspiration, and retention in engineering. The paper emphasizes the two major design projects used to teach the engineering design process. For the past thirteen years, one of these long-term design projects has been completed in collaboration with several international universities. The design teams have combined engineering students from diverse cultures and countries, as well as all levels of study, to work together towards a common design goal. The paper includes experiences from different instructors who have taught the course, as well as the experiences learned through collaborating with international schools. Specific examples of student inspiration derived from the experience will be included.

Evans, M. J., & Esparragoza, I. E. (2019, July), Inspiring and Engaging First-Year Engineering Students at a Small Campus Through International Team Design Projects Paper presented at 2019 FYEE Conference , Penn State University , Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/33714

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