A pedagogical concept of integrating multidisciplinary design and technical communication

Ravi Ramachandran, Anthony J. Marchese, James A. Newell, Raul Ordonez, John Schmalzel, Beena Sukumaran, Harriet Benavidez, Julie Haynes

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The Engineering Clinic is an eight-semester sequence, based on the medical school model, taken by every engineering student at Rowan University. In these clinics, students and faculty from all four engineering departments work side-by-side on laboratory experiments, real world design projects and research. The solutions of these problems require not only proficiency in the technical principles, but, as importantly, require a mastery of written and oral communication skills and the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team. In the sophomore year, communication (written and oral) and design (semester long multidisciplinary design project) are integrated. The course is team-taught by faculty from the College of Communication and the College of Engineering. Students pick one of two design projects. The first is to design and build a guitar effects pedal. The second involves an economic and engineering analysis of the design and operation of a baseball stadium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-422
Number of pages12
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000
Event2000 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Engineering Education Beyond the Millenium - St. Louis, MO, United States
Duration: Jun 18 2000Jun 21 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


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