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Work in Progress: Mini Projects - Using News Articles to Promote Lifelong Learning and Expose Students to Engineering Breadth

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Biomedical Engineering Division Poster Session

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26.1755.1 - 26.1755.5



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Chris Geiger Florida Gulf Coast University

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Chris Geiger is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Bioengineering in the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1999 and 2003, respectively, and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1996.

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James D. Sweeney Oregon State University

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James D. Sweeney is Professor and Head of the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1988 and 1983, respectively, and his Sc.B. Engineering degree (Biomedical Engineering) from Brown University in 1979. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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Work in Progress: Mini Projects ­ Using News Articles to Promote Lifelong Learning and Expose Students to Engineering Breadth  Advancements and breakthroughs in biomedical engineering are occurring every day.  News agencies are constantly reporting on “the next great innovation”; technologies that were part of science­fiction lore are now becoming reality.  Within multiple courses in the Bioengineering curriculum, the faculty at XXXXXX are asking students to investigate these current innovations and incorporate them into mini projects at the start of the semester.  These self­initiated topics are limited only by the parameters outlined by the faculty member and provide the students with a “hook” into how the course is relevant to their own personal interests.  By the end of the mini project, which lasts no more than one to two weeks, the students are asked to report their findings to the rest of the class in some meaningful way; an opportunity to demonstrate to the class the breadth of a particular course subject area. Beyond the “hook” and breadth, students continue to develop lifelong learning and communication skills that will be relevant throughout their engineering careers.  The authors of this work in progress will discuss their perspectives on successfully utilizing these mini projects in different classes throughout the Bioengineering curriculum.    

Geiger, C., & Sweeney, J. D. (2015, June), Work in Progress: Mini Projects - Using News Articles to Promote Lifelong Learning and Expose Students to Engineering Breadth Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.25091

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