University of Toledo, Ohio
March 19, 2021
March 19, 2021
March 20, 2021
Autonomous intelligent robots and, in particular, unmanned aerial vehicles represent a rapidly growing area within the 4th industrial revolution. The complexity, sophistication, and interdisciplinarity of the field create specific challenges for the engineering educational system. An area of emphasis (AOE) focused on unmanned aerial systems has been recently designed and will soon be implemented at West Virginia University, within the Aerospace Engineering Bachelor of Science (AEBS) Program. In this paper, the main educational objectives, strategies, and tools considered in the design and implementation of the AOE are presented. Four courses are required, which also qualify as technical electives for the general AEBS degree. Students may replace one of these courses by one from a secondary list. The learning outcomes of the course package are formulated to cover all six major categories of Bloom’s Taxonomy. The design of the courses relies on the implementation of innovative educational methods, including active learning, experiential learning, and collaborative learning. These techniques are combined synergistically based on simulation and hands-on aircraft building and testing aimed at developing an effective framework for aerospace engineering education from a student-centered perspective that emphasizes student initiative, creativity, interests, and motivation.
Perhinschi, M. G. (2021, March), Undergraduate Area of Emphasis in Unmanned Aerial Systems Paper presented at 2021 ASEE North Central Section Conference, University of Toledo, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/36353
ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2021 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015