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Multidisciplinary Experimental Experiences In The Freshman Engineering Clinic At Rowan University

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.297.1 - 2.297.8



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A. J. Marchese

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Robert P. Hesketh

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T. R. Chandrupatla

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Ralph A. Dusseau

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John L. Schmalzel

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Kauser Jahan

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C. Stewart Slater

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Session 2326

Multidisciplinary Experimental Experiences in the Freshman Engineering Clinic at Rowan University

R. P. Hesketh, K. Jahan, A. J. Marchese C. S. Slater, J. L. Schmalzel, T. R. Chandrupatla, R. A. Dusseau Rowan University Glassboro, NJ 08028-1701 Session 2326 Introducing Freshmen Students to Engineering Paper No. 3 1997 Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education Milwaukee, WI, June 15-18, 1997

Abstract All freshmen engineering students at Rowan University are introduced to engineering experiments and calculations through a series of integrated laboratories. These laboratories have the student examine the facets of engineering through fabrication, reverse engineering, engineering measurements, experiment and prototype design.


The school of engineering at Rowan was created through a $100 million gift from Henry and Betty Rowan in 1992 to Glassboro State College [1]. Mr. Rowan is the founder and CEO of Inductotherm, Inc. which has headquarters in Rancocas, New Jersey. Inductotherm is the world's leading induction melting equipment manufacturer with plants located internationally. The Rowan engineering faculty are taking a leadership role by using innovative methods of teaching and learning, as recommended by ASEE in 1994 [2], to better prepare students for entry into a rapidly changing and highly competitive marketplace. Key program features include: (i) inter- and multi-disciplinary education created through collaborative laboratory and coursework; (ii) stressing teamwork as the necessary framework for solving complex problems; (iii) incorporation of state-of-the-art technologies throughout the curricula; (iv) and creation of continuous opportunities for technical communication. To best meet these objectives, the four engineering programs of Chemical, Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering have a common engineering clinic throughout their program of study. In addition to the engineering clinic, they share a common first year of courses. Our first class of entering freshmen consists of 101 students having an average SAT score of 1274 and graduating in the top 12% of their high school class. The Freshman Engineering Clinic has laboratory components for all of the major disciplines. Some institutions have utilized traditional discipline-specific laboratory experiments at the freshman level (Perna, [3]), while others engage students in discipline specific freshmen engineering design projects (McConica 4). One of the NSF coalitions, ECSEL has major efforts in freshman design, which have been widely reported (e.g., Dally and Zang [5;] Regan and Mindermann [6]). Rowan’s engineering program seeks to unify these topics and provide an innovative multidisciplinary team laboratory experience for our engineering freshman. In addition, a major

Marchese, A. J., & Hesketh, R. P., & Chandrupatla, T. R., & Dusseau, R. A., & Schmalzel, J. L., & Jahan, K., & Slater, C. S. (1997, June), Multidisciplinary Experimental Experiences In The Freshman Engineering Clinic At Rowan University Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6695

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