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Working With Projects In Engineering Education

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.604.1 - 4.604.9

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Claudio da Rocha Brito

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Melany Ciampi

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Session 2660

Working with Projects in Engineering Education

Claudio da Rocha Brito, Melany M. C. T. da Rocha Brito Catholic University of Santos


Presently there is a general assent that for the future the new professional has to have some extra abilities to be able to compete in the new global work market. The world has started a new era, the era of global economy where technology and scientific knowledge are moving the world development in a very fast way. Now the professional competence is measured not only by the work that a man can realize but also by the results that he gets. And so extra abilities can make a difference. Thinking about this we have conceived and developed a new kind of Engineering course. This work is the description with some details of the Engineering Course of the Engineering Faculty of Catholic University of Santos, in which the students have to develop projects since the first year of the course. In this scheme of education the students can count with a Professor/advisor to help them during the process of elaboration of the projects. Their projects are showed in a Congress that happens every year around November. This is a new kind of education that we have named Scientific Introductory Project and that added by Lab works provide the students at least five projects of experience that means more research skills, self confidence and leadership habits. The Mercosul reality has also influenced our project that takes in account the necessity of giving the students a more generalist formation viewing the South America work market.

I. Introduction

Humanity has never passed through a period of so intense transformations as we are having now. The speed of changes has been higher than any other time in history as consequence of technology development. The scientific knowledge and technology together have improved and become possible the globalization.

The globalization is much more than the idea of a world of no borders. It is the humankind’s desire of a bigger integration. It means also an information society where knowledge is the new source of power. In fact the knowledge has become the economical resource of the greatest importance for any professional.

It is not necessary to point out the importance of Engineering to the nations of this global world.

da Rocha Brito, C., & Ciampi, M. (1999, June), Working With Projects In Engineering Education Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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