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Introduction To Engineering Through Real World Case Studies

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

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June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

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June 21, 2006



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FPD7 -- Service Learning

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First-Year Programs

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11.842.1 - 11.842.22



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P.K. Raju Auburn University

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Chetan Sankar Auburn University

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Introduction to Engineering through Real-World Case Studies

Introduction By the year 2020, the world population will approach 8 billion people, and much

of that increase will be among groups that today are outside of developed nationsi. The

marketplace for engineering services will be worldwide, and jobs will move freely.

Information sharing allowed by the Internet, broadband communication links, and high

speed computers has the effect of tying cultures, knowledge, and economy together with

possible positive as well as negative impacts on U.S.-based engineers. These

contemporary challenges require a systems perspective and a growing need to pursue

collaborations with multidisciplinary teams of technical experts. Important attributes for

these teams include excellence in communication (with technical and public audiences),

an ability to communicate using technology, and an understanding of the complexities

associated with a global market and social contextii.

In order to ensure that engineering students studying in any university in the US

receive an appropriate and useful education, ABET a-k criteria have been created. This

states that engineering programs must demonstrate that their graduates attain:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data (c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability (d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams (e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility (g) an ability to communicate effectively (h)the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context (i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

Raju, P., & Sankar, C. (2006, June), Introduction To Engineering Through Real World Case Studies Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--671

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