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The Bachelor Of Arts In Engineering: A Paradigm For Bridging The Liberal Arts And Engineering

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008



Conference Session

Thinking around the Bachelor of Arts in Engineering

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Liberal Education

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13.1204.1 - 13.1204.10



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Sharon Jones Lafayette College

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The objective of this interactive panel session is to stimulate a discussion about a different approach to undergraduate engineering education: the Bachelor of Arts in Engineering degree. This degree exists at a handful of colleges/universities; many are very selective institutions. Some programs are fairly mature while several started within the last ten years. The flexibility of such a degree means that the programs are quite different in terms of curricula, students, and opportunities. Although the degree is far from mainstream, it is worthwhile to explore the question of whether this degree addresses some of the concerns about the need for a new approach to undergraduate engineering education, or if it is a specialty program only suited to certain contexts. In this session, several invitees discuss the Bachelor of Arts in Engineering Program at their colleges/universities. The discussion is organized around four main topics: 1) what is the objective of such a degree and how does it fit within engineering education, 2) what are the advantages of the degree for stakeholders (students, faculty, industry), 3) what are the disadvantages of the degree for those same stakeholders, and 4) what is the future for such a degree. Each panelist will briefly answer the topic while the overall panel fields questions from the audience. All discussions will be taped and transcribed and submitted for publication in a suitable venue. All session attendees will receive a copy of the written document.


Moderator: Marie Dahleh, Assistant Dean for Academic Sharon A. Jones, Professor Programs Department of Civil & Environmental School of Engineering & Applied Sciences Engineering Harvard University Lafayette College Pierce Hall 111 Easton, PA 18042 Office: 617-495-1485 Office: 610-330-5410 ASEE Member ASEE Member

Jeff Goldberg, Associate Dean for Daniel R. Lynch, MacLean Professor of Academic Affairs Engineering Science Room 200 College of Engineering Dartmouth College University of Arizona Hanover NH 03755-8000 Tucson, Arizona 85721 Office: 603-646-2308 Office: 520-621-6032 ASEE Member ASEE Member

Jones, S. (2008, June), The Bachelor Of Arts In Engineering: A Paradigm For Bridging The Liberal Arts And Engineering Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3114

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