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Problem Solving In Engineering: Creativity, Estimation And Critical Thinking Are Essential Skills

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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C. Richard Helps

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Barry Lunt

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BARRY LUNT Barry M. Lunt is an Associate Professor of Electronics Engineering Technology at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. Dr. Lunt received a B.S. and an M.S. degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in Occupational and Adult Education from Utah State University in Logan, UT. He has spent seven years in industry as a design engineer. His present research emphases are the physical design of electronic circuits and systems, and engineering education.

RICHARD HELPS C. Richard G. Helps is the Program Chair of the Electronics Engineering Technology program at BYU. He spent ten years in industry as a control systems design engineer. He completed BS and MS degrees at the U of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and a further graduate degree at the University of Utah. His primary interests are in instrumentation and control systems, particularly embedded control systems, combined with artificial intelligence techniques such as neural networks and fuzzy logic.

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Helps, C. R., & Lunt, B. (2001, June), Problem Solving In Engineering: Creativity, Estimation And Critical Thinking Are Essential Skills Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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