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Integrating Makerspace in First-Year Engineering Curriculum

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2019 FYEE Conference


Penn State University , Pennsylvania

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July 28, 2019

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July 28, 2019

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July 30, 2019

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M1B: WIP - Learning Experiences 2

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Ashish D Borgaonkar New Jersey Institute of Technology

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Dr. Ashish Borgaonkar works as Asst. Professor of Engineering Education at the New Jersey Institute of Technology's Newark College of Engineering located in Newark, New Jersey. He has taught several engineering courses primarily in the first year engineering, civil engineering, and mechanical engineering departments and won multiple awards for excellence in instruction. He also has worked on several research projects, programs and initiatives to help students bridge the gap between high school and college as well as preparing students for the rigors of mathematics. His research interests include engineering education, excellence in instruction, water and wastewater treatment, civil engineering infrastructure, and transportation engineering.

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Jaskirat Sodhi New Jersey Institute of Technology

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Dr. Jaskirat Sodhi is a University Lecturer in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is interested in first-year engineering curriculum design and recruitment, retention and success of engineering students. He is the coordinator of ENGR101, an application-oriented engineering math course for students placed in pre-calculus courses. He has also developed and co-teaches the General Engineering Fundamentals of Engineering Design course that includes a wide spectra of activities to teach students the basics of engineering design using a hands-on approach which is also engaging and fun. He is an Institute of Teaching Excellence Fellow and the recipient of NJIT’s 2018 Saul K. Fenster Innovation in Engineering Education Award.

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Ludvik Alkhoury New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

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Mr. Ludvik Alkhoury is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ. He is currently the Lab instructor of Fundamentals of Engineering Design (FED) 101, a course that reviews the basic concepts of
engineering and introduces some tools used for the design and implementation of devices and systems.

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Makerspace and similar advanced manufacturing labs are becoming commonplace at engineering colleges and universities throughout the United States. Although these spaces are hugely popular with students and faculty, only a select few students take full advantage of the opportunities available through such spaces. In order to get more students to utilize Makerspace and similar high-tech labs, it is important to introduce them to such spaces as early as possible. New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), a mid-size polytechnic university, recently opened a large Makerspace. Students in select few sections of the first-year fundamentals of engineering design (FED) course participated. The idea was to (1) teach students what Makerspace can offer to them; and (2) have them complete one or two simple 3D printing projects. Project 1 served primarily to get students to complete the required training and to learn about the Makerspace and 3D printing, whereas, Project 2 focused on engaging students in a competition based on the products they have designed and 3D printed. The winners of the competition from each of the participating section were allowed to 3D print a medium-sized object of their choice. This initiative was very successful as evidenced by strong satisfaction reported by the students in a post-activity survey. We have since made it a permanent part of the course.

Borgaonkar, A. D., & Sodhi, J., & Alkhoury, L. (2019, July), Integrating Makerspace in First-Year Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2019 FYEE Conference , Penn State University , Pennsylvania.

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