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Engineering Cultures: Expanding the Engineering Method for Global Problem Solvers
Proceedings of the 2005 ASEE/AaeE 4th Global Colloquium
  • Gary Downey, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Juan C. Lucena, Colorado School of Mines
  • Barbara M. Moskal, Colorado School of Mines
  • Thomas Bigley, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Chris Hays, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Brent K. Jesiek, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Liam Kelly, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Jane Lehr, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Jonson Miller, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Amy Nichols-Belo, University of Virginia
Publication Date
1-1-2005
Abstract

What does it mean for engineers to engage in global problem solving? What forms of knowledge or sets of capabilities characterize the effective global problem solver? What sorts of learning experiences are involved in gaining such knowledge and capabilities? The purpose of this paper is to present the design, initial steps, and preliminary assessment of the “Engineering Cultures: Building the Global Engineer” project which seeks to address the above questions through the development of a new undergraduate course called “Engineering Cultures.” The first section of this paper briefly outlines ongoing efforts to internationalize engineering curricula, followed by a discussion of how the Engineering Cultures project connects to existing work while also attempting to extend the opportunity to become global problem solvers to a broader population of students. The final section presents an initial set of outcomes from ongoing assessment efforts.

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Gary Downey, Juan C. Lucena, Barbara M. Moskal, Thomas Bigley, et al.. "Engineering Cultures: Expanding the Engineering Method for Global Problem Solvers" Proceedings of the 2005 ASEE/AaeE 4th Global Colloquium (2005) p. 1 - 17
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jlehr/2/