June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
12.1104.1 - 12.1104.15
New Program in Mechanical Engineering and “The Engineer of 2020”
Abstract Development of the new Mechanical Engineering program has been described in detail, in reference to two recent reports of the National Academy of Engineering, commonly known as “The Engineer of 2020”. Various aspects of a curriculum design, as well as program implementation, are discussed in the context of the NAE findings and recommendations with regard to future engineering education. Presented first is a brief overview of published NAE reports, their findings and relevant recommendations. The second part presents the new Mechanical Engineering program and discusses the relevant impact of “The Engineer of 2020” on program objectives, particularly as it relates to curricular requirements. In addition, some aspects of the recruitment implementation plan are also discussed in the paper. Lessons learned from the entire process conclude the paper.
Central Connecticut State University’s School of Technology has recently faced an unprecedented challenge — but also a unique opportunity — in curriculum development. The school was charged with establishing a brand new (and the first) full engineering program in its academic offer. The faculty and administration started building an engineering program virtually from scratch. One must note, however, that implementing major components toward a future engineering program had been underway for many years. The university already has in place fully qualified engineering, math and science faculty, technical and computer laboratories, established linkages with industry — as well as data gleaned from previous feasibility studies on engineering at CCSU. All of this was the result of a well developed strategic plan and consequent strategic management. At the moment of expanding its academic offer to include engineering, the school had four engineering technology majors, three technology majors, and also programs in technology education and applied sciences.
As always is the case with new academic disciplines, implementation of the new mechanical engineering program was a tremendous challenge, both in terms of logistics and resources, but foremost in regard to curriculum and program mission.
Along with brand new program development, we realized a great opportunity to join and implement current and NAE validated recommendations on future engineering education. Unlike existing programs, which are subject to natural inertia hindering subsequent program modification, we faced an unrestricted curriculum playing field. The circumstances can be
Al-Masoud, N., & Baumann, P., & Gates, A., & Kremens, Z. (2007, June), New Programs In Mechanical Engineering And “The Engineer Of 2020” Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/2856
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