Balancing Capability, Enthusiasm and Methodology in a First-Year Design Program

Christopher D. Pionke, J. Roger Parsons, J. Elaina Seat, Fred E. Weber, and Daniel C. Yoder
Engineering Fundamentals, The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
E-mail: cpionke@utk.edu

Abstract:
The Engage program is a successful new approach to first-year engineering studies that is being implemented at the University of Tennessee. This program develops the desired attributes of engineering graduates that are requested by industrial employers by introducing realistic design problems and approaches in parallel with introductory technical concepts. The resulting program integrates instruction in computer tools, graphics, statics and particle dynamics in two team-taught six-hour courses, each with parallel team design projects.

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