Motivating engineering freshmen with 'buzz-words': high-tech applications in introductory engineering courses

Shreekanth Mandayam, Satish S. Udpa

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Conventional approaches to engineering education require that fundamental principles be taught in the freshman year and high-tech applications presented in the junior/senior years. This paper proposes an alternate approach wherein freshman engineering students are exposed to high-tech applications, suitably modified and with minimal theory, based on 'buzz-words' that are propagated in the media. The authors believe that this approach will enhance student motivation and improve retention. The paper describes two freshman engineering class projects that have been used for implementing this technique. The buzz-words employed include Computer Graphics and Telemedicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1206-1211
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference
StatePublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 27th Annual Conference on Frontiers in Education. Part 3 (of 3) - Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Duration: Nov 5 1997Nov 8 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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