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On the “Introduction to Engineering” Course

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

October 19, 2019

Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Engineering in the First-Year

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First-Year Programs and Multidisciplinary Engineering

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Kleio Avrithi P.E. Mercer University

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Dr. Avrithi is Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Mercer University. She earned a Diploma in Civil Engineering, an MS in Structural Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ilinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has a multi-year professional experience in the design and analysis of buildings, power plant components, and geotechnical engineering. She is member of ASCE, ASME, ASEE, and ASTM.

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“Introduction to Engineering” is a core course offered to freshmen students of all engineering disciplines. Students of non-engineering majors often select the course to learn more about the engineering profession and to find out how well it may fit their personal interests. The course content varies among higher education institutions, but they all place a significant emphasis on the delivery methods and the course outcomes. An online research of the latest posted offerings and catalogs shows the topics covered by the course and the credit hours dedicated to it. Student surveys conducted at two different institutions show why students select to become engineers and their preference for the different course components.

Avrithi, K. (2019, June), On the “Introduction to Engineering” Course Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33140

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