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"Not All Those Who Wander are Lost": Route-Finding in First-Year Engineering Design

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

June 29, 2016





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Design in Engineering Education Division Poster Session

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Design in Engineering Education

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Marjan Eggermont University of Calgary

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Marjan Eggermont is the current Associate Dean (Student Affairs) and a Senior Instructor and faculty member at the University of Calgary in the Mechanical and Manufacturing department of the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary. She teaches graphical, written and oral communication in their first Engineering Design and Communication course taught to all incoming engineering students.
She co-founded and designs ZQ, an online journal to provide a platform to showcase the nexus of science and design using case studies, news, and articles.
As an instructor, she was one of the recipients of The Allan Blizzard Award, a Canadian national teaching award for collaborative projects that improve student learning in 2004. In 2005, she was one of the recipients of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Curriculum Innovation Award. She is - as PIC II chair - currently a board member of ASEE.

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Denis Onen Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary

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Dr. Onen is a registered professional engineer with a broad industrial background in electrical engineering in electronics and embedded systems, integrated circuit design (signal processing and cryptography), biomedical engineering (imaging and instrumentation), and downhole sensing for oil and gas. Dr. Onen is a senior member of the IEEE and is a faculty member in the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, where he teaches courses in design and professional practice and conducts research in engineering pedagogy.

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Derek D. Lichti University of Calgary

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Derek Lichti is Professor and Head of the Department of Geomatics Engineering at the University of Calgary, Canada. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. His teaching and research interests are in close-range photogrammetry and active imaging systems (lidar and range cameras) for applications in documenting the built environment, structural monitoring and the measurement of human motion.

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Mark Petovello Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary

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Dr. Mark Petovello is professor in the department of Geomatics Engineering at the University of Calgary. His research investigates new positioning technologies, including satellite-based navigation, inertial navigation and multi-sensor integration.

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A geomatics-themed project was piloted in a cornerstone engineering design course with a total of 700 students. The paper reports on the structure and delivery of this project, which faced the challenges of limited student knowledge of engineering skills and analysis. However, the geomatics project used common tools (GPS enabled smartphones, and smartphone apps), which were easily understood by students, and did not require any particular support from geomatics faculty. The structure of the project involved student teams developing a set of way-points and routes between the way-points, on a university campus. A story or theme was required to be developed by the teams, to select the way-points and routes, which had two benefits; the first was that students explored their campus; and second, the students “owned” the project and could better rationalize their design decisions. This paper will discuss project outcomes, illustrated by samples of student work and an increased recognition of a non-traditional engineering discipline. This paper will also discuss the lessons learned for future design projects as we discovered many aspects of the engineering design process that are normally not highlighted by standard product design projects.

Eggermont, M., & Onen, D., & Lichti, D. D., & Petovello, M. (2016, June), "Not All Those Who Wander are Lost": Route-Finding in First-Year Engineering Design Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27274

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