Design integrated in the mechanical engineering curriculum

Assessment of the engineering clinics

Jennifer Kadlowec, Krishnan Bhatia, Tirupathi R. Chandrupatla, John C. Chen, Eric Constans, Harriet Hartman, Anthony J. Marchese, Paris R. Vonlockette, Hong Zhang

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At Rowan University, design has been infused into the curriculum through an eight-semester course sequence called the Engineering Clinics. Through this experience, students learn the art and science of design in a multidisciplinary team environment and hone their design skills throughout their 4-year career. This paper describes the objectives of the clinics, types of projects, and how the clinics complement traditional core courses in the curriculum. Impacts and benefits of the clinics on students and faculty are discussed, including retention and graduate study rates comparing Rowan University mechanical engineering students to their peers nationally. An assessment of the clinics is presented based on survey data and accreditation objectives and outcomes. Survey data from students were assessed to determine levels of students' satisfaction and confidence based on the clinics. Results of alumni and employer surveys also provide valuable feedback for assessing and improving the clinics as well as confirmation of the impact of clinics after graduation. Survey data are discussed along with challenges of the clinics at Rowan and adaptability of them at other institutions. Overall, the clinics are a positive and integrated design experience in the curriculum and assist students in achieving the program objectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)682-691
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Mechanical Design, Transactions Of the ASME
Volume129
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2007

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  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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Kadlowec, J., Bhatia, K., Chandrupatla, T. R., Chen, J. C., Constans, E., Hartman, H., ... Zhang, H. (2007). Design integrated in the mechanical engineering curriculum: Assessment of the engineering clinics. Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions Of the ASME, 129(7), 682-691. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2722788
Kadlowec, Jennifer ; Bhatia, Krishnan ; Chandrupatla, Tirupathi R. ; Chen, John C. ; Constans, Eric ; Hartman, Harriet ; Marchese, Anthony J. ; Vonlockette, Paris R. ; Zhang, Hong. / Design integrated in the mechanical engineering curriculum : Assessment of the engineering clinics. In: Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions Of the ASME. 2007 ; Vol. 129, No. 7. pp. 682-691.
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Kadlowec, J, Bhatia, K, Chandrupatla, TR, Chen, JC, Constans, E, Hartman, H, Marchese, AJ, Vonlockette, PR & Zhang, H 2007, 'Design integrated in the mechanical engineering curriculum: Assessment of the engineering clinics', Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions Of the ASME, vol. 129, no. 7, pp. 682-691. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2722788

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