New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Engineering Physics & Physics
An engineering physics curriculum focusing on micro and nanotechnology has been developed which still allows students to apply themselves over a broad range of science and engineering disciplines. The core components of this curriculum are seven courses in micro and nanotechnology; a breadth of introductory mechanical, optical and electrical engineering courses; advanced physics courses; and a capstone design sequence. The courses in micro and nanotechnology include sequences in, nanotechnology, semiconductors and MEMS. Two courses in nanotechnology highlight scaling laws, self-assembly, and traditional physics concepts at the nanoscale including heat, optics, fluids, Electronics, mechanics, and biology. Two courses in MEMS develop concepts in design, fabrication, and operation of electrical, and mechanical devices at the micro scale. The topic of semiconductors is covered in a sequence of three courses starting with semiconductor materials, developing into semiconductor devices and finishing with fabrication and integration. Students gain additional training in practical areas of mechanical, electrical and optical engineering including statics, AC and DC circuits, and photonics, opening the students to upper level courses in these disciplines. The capstone sequence begins with a 10 week junior design course where a series of small design projects tests their ability to solve problems in a variety of disciplines. Following the junior design course, the students have a 20 week senior design sequence where they design, build and deliver a prototype for an external client. Aside from these core components the students gain additional breadth through courses in math, chemistry, and computer science. This curriculum was designed to include room for a technical area of focus outside of the engineering physics curriculum through a set of engineering electives, requiring an additional sequence of engineering courses finishing with a junior or senior level course.
Kirkpatrick, S., & Liptak, R. W., & Letfullin, R. (2016, June), Thinking Big and Small: An Approach to Engineering Physics as a Major Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27036
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