Multidisciplinary engineering systems 2ndand 3rd year college-wide courses

Kevin Craig, Mark Nagurka

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10 Scopus citations

Abstract

Undergraduate engineering education today is ineffective in preparing students for multidisciplinary system integration and optimization - exactly what is needed by companies to become innovative and gain a competitive advantage in this global economy. While there is some movement in engineering education to change that, this change is not easy, as it involves a cultural change from the silo approach to a holistic approach. The ABET-required senior capstone multidisciplinary design course too often becomes a design-build-test exercise with the emphasis on just getting something done. Students rarely break out of their disciplinary comfort zone and thus fail to experience true multidisciplinary system design. What is needed are multidisciplinary systems courses, with a balance between theory and practice, between academic rigor and the best practices of industry, presented in an integrated way in the 2 nd and 3rd years that prepares students for true multidisciplinary systems engineering at the senior level and beyond. The two courses presented here represent a significant curriculum improvement in response to this urgent need.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 IEEE Transforming Engineering Education
Subtitle of host publicationCreating Interdisciplinary Skills for Complex Global Environments
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event2010 IEEE Transforming Engineering Education: Creating Interdisciplinary Skills for Complex Global Environments - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 6 Apr 20109 Apr 2010

Publication series

Name2010 IEEE Transforming Engineering Education: Creating Interdisciplinary Skills for Complex Global Environments

Conference

Conference2010 IEEE Transforming Engineering Education: Creating Interdisciplinary Skills for Complex Global Environments
Country/TerritoryIreland
CityDublin
Period6/04/109/04/10

Keywords

  • Discovery learning
  • Innovation and integration
  • Multidisciplinary systems engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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