engineering education

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Chronicle of Higher Ed – Re-Engineering Engineering Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education has an interesting article on innovative ways to improve undergraduate retention in engineering. Fischman, Josh. “Re-Engineering Engineering Education.” Chronicle of Higher Education Blog. February 19, 2012. Access via http://chronicle.com/blogs/percolator/re-engineering-engineering-education-to-retain-students/28745 Advertisements

Undergraduate Reading Groups in Engineering (MIT)

Students in electrical engineering and computer science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have set up voluntary reading groups to discuss scholarly technical papers in their fields.  Read about the URGE (Undergraduate Reading Groups in Engineering) program here, and look at their wiki here.  Initiated by electrical engineering/computer science senior Cathy Wu, these groups meet … Continue reading

Synthesis Digital Library – REMINDER

A year ago, Waldo Library obtained collection one of the Synthesis Digital Library, containing 100 fifty to two hundred page books in engineering and computer science.  Each of these books is basically an extended lecture, authored by an expert engineer, and available in Adobe PDF format for easy downloading, reading, printing, and emailing.  This would … Continue reading

Video Engineering Lectures

Adrienne Carlson at Onlineengineeringdegrees.com has written a post providing links to a number of educational engineering related video lectures available on the web. You can read her post (and access her links) here. URL: http://onlineengineeringdegrees.com/75-cutting-edge-lectures-for-engineers/

ACRL 2009 STS Research Forum Presentation

This coming Sunday July 12, I will presenting a paper at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Ill. My presentation is entitled “Assumptions of Originality: Plagiarism, Patchwriting and the Engineering Master’s Thesis.” This presentation will be part of the ACRL Science Technology Section’s Research Forum, which will take place from 3:30-5:30pm that afternoon, in the … Continue reading


The “cultural issue of change” (to quote Dr. Sheri D. Sheppard at Stanford University”) in engineering education is the subject of a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (January 30, 2009). In “Engineering Schools Prove Slow to Change” By Paul Basken, engineering colleges are taken to task for being resistant to the changes … Continue reading

Grand Challenges Identified – NAE

As a follow-up to my post from last year (“Grand Challenges for Engineering“, February 9, 2007) in which I discussed the initiative of the National Academy of Engineering to gather feedback from people all over the world regarding what they consider the “Grand Challenges for Engineering”, the NAE has released a list of 14 grand challenges, as identified … Continue reading

You Know It. Can You Write It? By Thomas Grose

From ASEE Connect Newsletter March 2008 You Know It. Can You Write It? By Thomas K. Grose This is a very interesting article by a frequent contributor to the ASEE Prism magazine on the need to improve the writing skills of undergraduate engineering students. “Role-playing and debates are examples of innovative techniques that engineering faculty–often … Continue reading

NSF Report on Improving Engineering Education

The National Science Foundation published a report in November 2007 on the need to improve engineering education in the U.S. The report is called “Moving Forward to Improve Engineering Education” (NSB-07-122). You can access the report via the link above or the following URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2007/nsb07122/index.jsp This report builds on the 2005 National Academy of Engineering … Continue reading

Evaluating Engineering Dissertations

The educational researcher Dr. Barbara E. Lovitts has written a fascinating book on coming up with criteria to evaluate doctoral dissertations. Her new book is entitled Making the Implicit Explicit: Creating Performance Expectations for the Dissertation (Sterling: Stylus, 2007) and is located in our Education Library (Sangren Hall), call number LB 2369 .L685 2007. Chapter … Continue reading

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