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The Search for Design in Electrical Engineering Education
2002
  • David V. Kerns, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Sherra E. Kerns, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Mark Somerville, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Gill Pratt, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Jill Crisman, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2002
Abstract
The importance of "design" in engineering education is well established and a cornerstone of most new engineering curricula as well as accreditation criteria Electrical and computer engineering (ECE) programs view many elements of design in ways similar to other engineering disciplines. However, in some respects other disciplines within engineering, such as Mechanical Engineering (ME), view design in broader terms, and perhaps gain value that electrical and computer engineering educators may miss. This paper describes how design is typically viewed in ECE programs, bow it's viewed in other engineering areas, particularly ME, and suggests some new possibilities for enhancing design education within ECE programs. To illustrate these possibilities, an experimental subject in which entering freshmen build a sophisticated electronic device is described.
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© 2002 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. This article was published in First IEEE International Workshop on Electronic Design, Test, and Applications, p. 192-196 and may be found here.

Citation Information
David V. Kerns, Sherra E. Kerns, Mark Somerville, Gill Pratt, et al.. "The Search for Design in Electrical Engineering Education" (2002)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mark_somerville/1/