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Engineering Education and Curricular Innovation Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Engineering education for the 21rst century has gained prominence in both the popular media as well as the academic environment. From concerns over globalization and a decrease in the manufacturing base in the US to meeting the needs of specific high demand fields in the state there is a clear “pull” to address the changing vision of what a graduating engineer will need from the curriculum and their university experience. With this changing demand, there’s a similar “push” from students (and universities) to address a growing concern over both changes in demographics, high school preparation, and student expectations in the collegiate experience. Universities across the country are formalizing Engineering Education programs to focus on addressing both the push and pull aspects of this new generation of students.

To motivate change in both the undergraduate and graduate engineering experience funding agencies, private foundations, and corporations have initiated a series of opportunities to experiment with novel education programs or to adapt and adopt best practices in engineering education. The days of working in curricular isolation of the broader community and on a shoestring budget are clearly ending, with growing external support (NSF alone has a $816M budget for educational programs for 2007) MME should be well positioned to address these opportunities to secure external support for innovative educational programs from a wide variety of sources based on it’s expertise and strengths in:

  • Undergraduate design experiences
  • Course development in engineering
  • Undergraduate research
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration

This research forum is designed to provide a venue for collaborative education proposals that address both undergraduate and graduate education opportunities, including

  • incorporation of design activities in the classroom
  • globalization aspects of engineering
  • entrepreneurial experiences
  • increased research experiences
  • improved retention at the freshmen – sophomore levels

In addition to developing opportunities for stand alone development, most new efforts in NSF require broader impact assessments, and this forum will act as a sounding board and working group for assisting in the educational aspect of engineering proposals.

The initial participating faculty from MME will include Norton, Pezeshki, and Zbib.

Target activities will be focused on generating a minimum of 1 NSF CCLI and 1 foundation grant per year for MME educational development.

Faculty Profiles

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John P Swensen
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. received from The Johns Hopkins University, 2012. with MME since 2015, more...

Research Areas

  • Medical robotics
    • Steerable Needles
    • Compliant devices
  • Tunably compliant mechanisms
  • Modular robotics
    • Compliant ensembles
    • Smart materials in robotics
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