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Examples of Freshman Design Education* SHERI SHEPPARD

Summary: Examples of Freshman Design Education*
503 Terman, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Iowa State University, 2012 Black Engineering,
Ames, IA 50011, USA
This paper looks at specific examples of how engineering programs around the United States are
revising freshman year curricula to include engineering design. It builds on a companion paper [1]
which provides a framework for viewing, interpreting and categorizing the various approaches to
exposing freshman-level students to key design qualities. Example courses are grouped according to
this framework, and similarities and differences in approaches are discussed. The paper goes on to
reflect upon some of the challenges that design education, particularly at the freshman level, present
to instructors and students. These include needs for: re-evaluating the role of instructor;
re-evaluating the role of students; providing students with meaningful (and `doable') open-ended
tasks; assessing student performance; and rescoping expectations of future instructors and how the
freshman year meshes with sophomore activities.
THIS PAPER presents examples of courses that
give freshman students exposure to engineering
design. Each of these courses aims to help


Source: Agogino, Alice M. - Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley


Collections: Engineering