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Three Years After Rollout: A Report on Systemic Changes in a First-Year Engineering Program

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2020 First-Year Engineering Experience

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East Lansing, Michigan

Publication Date

July 26, 2020

Start Date

July 26, 2020

End Date

July 28, 2020

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Diversity

Page Count

7

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https://cms.jee.org/35780

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28

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Amy J. Hamlin Michigan Technological University

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AJ Hamlin is a Principle Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Fundamentals at Michigan Technological University, where she teaches first-year engineering courses. Her research interests include engineering ethics, spatial visualization, and educational methods. She is an active member in the Multidisciplinary Engineering and the Engineering Design Graphics Divisions of ASEE. For the Multidisiplinary Division she has served as the Secretary/Treasurer and Program Chair and is currently serving as the Division Chair. Dr. Hamlin has also served as the Associate Editor and the Director of Publications/ Journal Editor of the Engineering Design Graphics Journal.

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Amber Kemppainen Michigan Technological University

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Ms. Kemppainen is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Fundamentals. Her research interests include the improvement of STEM education and online/blended learning methods.

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Brett Hamlin Michigan Technological University

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Brett Hamlin is a student centered educator who focuses his effort in active collaborative discovery based learning designed around student driven interests. Dr. Hamlin spends much of his time engaging and mentoring students to guide them towards answering their own questions. Dr. Hamlin a Senior Lecturer and Interim Chair of the Department of Engineering Fundamentals at Michigan Technological University.

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Norma L Veurink Michigan Technological University

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Norma Veurink is a Senior Lecturer in the Engineering Fundamentals Department at Michigan Technological University where she teaches introductory engineering courses and a spatial visualization course designed for engineering students with poorly developed spatial visualization skills. Ms. Veurink manages several summer programs that introduce middle and high school students to engineering. She is active in the Engineering Design Graphics Division of ASEE.

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Jon Sticklen Michigan Technological University

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Jon Sticklen was the chairperson of the Engineering Fundamentals Department, Michigan Technological University from August 2014 through June 2020. In the decade of the 90s, Dr. Sticklen founded and led a computer science laboratory in knowledge-based systems in the College of Engineering, Michigan State University that focused on task-specific approaches to problem-solving, better known as expert systems. Over the last fifteen years, Dr. Sticklen has pursued engineering education research focused on early engineering with an emphasis on hybrid course design and problem-based learning. Dr. Sticklen assumed the chairperson of Engineering Fundamentals at Michigan Tech on August 1, 2014. His research has been supported by a number of companies, as well as by NSF/CISE, NSF/DUE. and DARPA. Specifically, his research in DBER-based engineering education has been supported by NSF/DUE and NSF/CISE.

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Abstract

This report focuses on an overview and preliminary results for a project to update the first-year engineering program (FYEP) at with an enrollment base of approximately 1,000 students. We are now three years out from the rollout of an updated FYEP that dates from the fall semester, 2017. The goal we have for this paper is to economically describe at the 10,000-foot level (a) our reasons for the systemic changes we established, (b) the core architecture of our revised FYEP, (c) a selected subset of our preliminary findings and observations regarding our revised FYEP, (d) a special observation concerning the ease of transition from face-to-face operation over to complete internet operation of FYEP while maintaining the integrity of our revised operational model all in the context of a global pandemic (coronavirus), and (e) a thumbnail description of our plans for the future.

Hamlin, A. J., & Kemppainen, A., & Hamlin, B., & Veurink, N. L., & Sticklen, J. (2020, July), Three Years After Rollout: A Report on Systemic Changes in a First-Year Engineering Program Paper presented at 2020 First-Year Engineering Experience, East Lansing, Michigan. https://cms.jee.org/35780

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