Design in the Rowan University freshman engineering clinic

A. J. Marchese, R. P. Hesketh, K. Jahan, T. R. Chandrupatla, R. A. Dusseau, C. S. Slater, J. L. Schmalzel

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review

49 Scopus citations


Freshman engineering students at Rowan University are introduced to engineering design through a series of hands-on engineering laboratories and design projects. The objective is to involve them in incrementally progressive design experiences. For example, students design a modified flashlight switch, a complete flashlight, undertake the design of proof-of-concept experiments, and finish with a system-level design of an environmentally friendly coffee machine. Thus, the freshman design experience at Rowan specifically avoids `gimmicky' competitions and focuses instead on the design of real engineering devices such as flashlights and coffee machines. In order to achieve this focus, freshman students must be exposed to a variety of engineering principles, experimental methods, and design tools not typically encountered at the freshman level. The challenge is to achieve this ambitious focus while maintaining an atmosphere conducive to retention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 ASEE Annual Conference - Milwaukee, WI, USA
Duration: Jun 15 1997Jun 18 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Design in the Rowan University freshman engineering clinic'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this