New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Liberal Education/Engineering & Society
The engineering curriculum of necessity focuses heavily on technical subjects—mathematics, chemisty, physics, and the large body of discipline-specific material. The arts are frequently present only in vestigial form and are regarded as tangential at best to the real engineering curriculum. However, an experience of the creative arts beyond the superficial might reveal that the artist and the engineer are not as different as is usually supposed. The artist and the engineer face similar problems in the process of design. Both seek to create new designs to meet perceived needs. Both work under constraints of time and budget. Both must work within the limits imposed by their experience and knowledge, and both must work within the range of available techniques and methods. Both will make incremental steps, tentative moves, and false starts; both will make mistakes, and both will learn will what works and what does not. And both will discover that there is seldom (if ever) only one “right answer,” but there is usually a spectrum of “good answers,” some better than others. The __________________ is undertaking an experimental project in which engineering students will be allowed to experience the design process afresh from the perspective of the creative arts. Juniors in electrical engineering will work under the mentorship of arts faculty in a chosen medium (studio art, writing, or music) to produce legitimate works of art that will be displayed, performed, or read publicly, and will document how their experiences of design in the arts have informed and shaped their perspectives as engineers. The structure and expectations of this course are described in this paper; results will be described in the subsequent presentation.
Beams, D. M., & Gullings, K., & Ross, C. E. (2016, June), Seeking New Perspectives: Engineers Experiencing Design through Creative Arts Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26154
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