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Recent Strategies for improving Undergraduate Engineering Education: A Review

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ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference


Waco, Texas

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March 24, 2021

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March 24, 2021

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March 26, 2021

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Monikka M. Mann Texas Tech University Orcid 16x16

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Monikka M. Mann, PMP is a PhD student at Texas Tech University in the Systems and Engineering Management Program.

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George Tan Texas Tech University

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The need for highly trained and capable engineers to address increasingly complex problems that face society is clear. With the current pandemic, it is becoming increasingly imperative that Universities adjust their curricula and programs to prepare Engineering students with capabilities to overcome uncertainty. Multidisciplinary skills and the ability to communicate with disparate teams is a full-fledged requirement. This paper presents a review of six critical avenues for improving the quality and throughput of undergraduate engineering programs: 1) development of interdisciplinary undergraduate engineering curricula, 2) team-based engaged learning and research, 3) research-based teaching practices (RBTPs), 4) collaborations between academia and industry, 5) online/distance learning and telecommuting skills, and 6) the persistence of traditionally underrepresented students. In addition, future prospects of interdisciplinary project-based learning are discussed from three aspects: student competency, faculty development, and industry collaboration.

Mann, M. M., & Tan, G. (2021, March), Recent Strategies for improving Undergraduate Engineering Education: A Review Paper presented at ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference, Waco, Texas.

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