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Introducing Design Process In Engineering, Engineering Technology

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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



Conference Session

Emerging Trends in Engineering Education Poster Session

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10.826.1 - 10.826.7



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Somnath Chattopadhyay

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Session xxxx

Introducing Design Process in Engineering, Engineering Technology

Som Chattopadhyay Department of Industry and Technology Ball State University Muncie, IN 47306

Introduction An innovative set of projects introduced in a regional campus of a state university (with which the author was affiliated prior to his current position) forms the basis of this paper. Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is the sixth largest public university in Indiana with an enrollment of 12,000 students. Typically a commuter campus (although residence halls have opened since the fall of 2004) the students are a mix of part and full time students, as well as one of traditional and non-traditional types (who have been out of school for several years). The School of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science (ETCS) has an enrollment of about 1500 students and comprises of five departments, that of Engineering and Computer Science and three Technology departments. The introductory freshman course ETCS 101 is a required course for all ETCS majors, which provides them with an introduction to the various departments within the School of ETCS, counseling and career information along with some team projects. A new project introduced during the fall of 2003 and continued through the spring of 2004 forms the basis of this paper. This project involved the design of posters to convey the solution of an open-ended problem devised by student design teams. The teams were asked to identify a problem area or opportunities for improvement in the campus that could be solved or executed with in an assumed budget of $1000.00. The goal of the project was to reinforce the concept of the engineering design process in the very beginning of their academic careers. This activity effectively demonstrated the importance of graphical, oral and written communication skills as well as teambuilding skills essential in engineering design.

The Poster as a Communication Medium

The poster is a convenient way to present technical information. It is a static visual medium that can be used to communicate ideas and messages. An effective poster helps one engage people in conversation and is instrumental to get the author’s main points across to as many people as possible. It all starts with an idea and the challenge is to turn that idea into a succinct image and support that image with a combination of pictures and short blocks of text. In short the objectives of the posters were to provide the engineering, technology and computer science freshmen with the following:

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

Chattopadhyay, S. (2005, June), Introducing Design Process In Engineering, Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14200

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