Project based multidisciplinary education for undergraduates

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Motivation: Integrating the multidisciplinary technologies, informatics, and the corresponding real-life applications is an important stimulating approach to promote the interests of students, especially undergraduates, in engineering study. A project based approach has been designed for engineering education based on multidisciplinary undergraduate research projects. The goal is to enhance student learning through a collaborative learning environment. Approaches: The project based approach is carried out in a series of steps, including project design to be done by the mentors, student recruitment through various advertising strategies, group assignments for the recruited students, the harmonized work on the project (with weekly group meetings, student progress report, and group discussion), the outcomes dissemination at diverse local and national conferences, and project assessment by both student and mentors at the end of projects. This project based multidisciplinary education integrates classroom presentations, innovative teaching techniques, student active learning, group activities, and hands-on experience. Results: Many multidisciplinary projects have been carried out at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI. Both the mentors and students have very positive feedback on the education and learning experiences. Students participating in the projects not only gained interdisciplinary education but also achieved research experience. Most of the students have attended or are going to graduate school with the confidence obtained from the projects. The multidisciplinary background gives advantages in their graduate school admissions and scholarship applications.

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JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

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