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Work in Progress: Introducing Design Thinking in First-Year Engineering Education

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

Publication Date

June 22, 2020

Start Date

June 22, 2020

End Date

June 26, 2021

Conference Session

First-Year Programs: Design in the First Year

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First-Year Programs

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10

DOI

10.18260/1-2--35658

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https://strategy.asee.org/35658

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Keyanoush Sadeghipour Temple University

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Keya Sadeghipour is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering and serves as the Dean of the College of Engineering since 2003. He is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Technology, UK which is now the University of Manchester. He has been involved in receiving over $7 M funding from various industrial and government sources and has been the principle author of numerous papers in national/international journals and publications. He is a fellow of the ASME and a PEV for the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) as well as member of several national and international organizations.

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David Brookstein Temple University

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David Brookstein is Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Temple University College of Engineering. He received his Bachelor of Textile Engineering from Georgia Tech and his Sc.D. in the field Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is the leading champion of infusing the concept of "Design Thinking" across the undergraduate curriculum at Temple College of Engineering. Prior to joining Temple University in 2014 he was Dean of the School of Engineering and Textiles at Philadelphia University.

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Shawn Fagan Temple University

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Shawn Fagan is the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the College of Engineering at Temple University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Education from The Pennsylvania State University, Master of Sport Administration from Belmont University and Master of Business Administration from Saint Leo University. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Higher Education at Temple University.

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Cory Budischak Temple University

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Cory is a teacher and researcher who strives to reduce the harmful effects of energy production and use. Teaching has always been his central passion. He started as a group tutor in college, which led him to his full time career as an Assistant Professor of Instruction at Temple University in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He employs innovative instructional methods such as problem based learning, flipping the classroom, and teaching through interactive games. His research focuses on the transition to 100% renewable energy and effective engineering instruction using problem based learning, flipped classroom approaches, and design thinking. He spent 8 years at Delaware Technical and Community College in the Energy Management Department as an Instructor and Department Chair before transitioning to his current role at Temple University. When Cory is not educating or researching, he enjoys backpacking, yoga, volleyball, and hiking with his family. More information about Cory can be found at www.bit.ly/corybud.

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Abstract

“WIP” Introducing Design Thinking in First-Year Engineering Education Our initial student research suggests today’s engineering students will select engineering as a major because they consider the profession as a field that can make a difference in the world. They view an engineering education as a path to a profession that has a substantial social purpose which is congruent with their values and goals and is known as engineering agency beliefs. These beliefs conform to one of the basic tenets of “design thinking” in that it is a methodology that imbues the full spectrum of innovation with a human-centered design ethos. At our university, we have started to infuse the concepts of design thinking in our initial Introduction to Engineering course and then later in our capstone senior design project courses. Between those “course bookends” we are working with our faculty to introduce them to the design thinking concept of “identifying the need” in place of only teaching engineering concepts and theories and how to solve engineering problems. This work in progress will illustrate how we have introduced design thinking in our first-year Introduction to Engineering course and evaluated its impact through indirect assessment of our students’ learning outcomes for the course as well as continuous improvement. The indirect study results will be obtained through an anonymous survey given to over 600 first-year engineering students who are matriculated at the present institution in a wide range of undergraduate engineering programs.

Sadeghipour, K., & Brookstein, D., & Fagan, S., & Budischak, C. (2020, June), Work in Progress: Introducing Design Thinking in First-Year Engineering Education Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35658

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