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Building a first year engineering program

Building a First-Year Engineering Program

Presented by:

John Demel, Richard Freuler, and John Merrill


Workshop agenda

Workshop Agenda

  • Introductions

  • Fill Out and Collect Questionnaire

  • Review Ohio State’s Program / Other Models

  • Questionnaire Summary

  • Group Discussion

  • Presentation about Building Support

  • Summary and Wrap-up


Questions

Questions

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Outline for this presentation

Outline for this Presentation

  • OSU Demographics

  • Why we wanted to develop OSU Program

  • First-Year Engineering Program (FEP)

    • Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)

    • Fundamentals of Engineering Honors (FEH)

  • Results


The college of engineering the ohio state university

The College of EngineeringThe Ohio State University

  • Ohio State – ~57,000 students

  • College of Engineering – ~6,000 students

  • Nine Departments – AAE, CE, ChE, CSE, ECE, FABE, IWSE, ME, MSE

    • 4,840 Undergraduates

    • 1,260 First-Year Engineering Students – Selective Admission to OSU & Enrollment in Engineering

    • ~ 280 Faculty


History of ohio state first year program

History of Ohio State First-Year Program

  • (1874-1994) Department of Engineering Graphics includes two four credit courses Engineering Graphics & Programming for all students.

  • Late 1980’s - OSU Engineering & national concern about retention < 50% retained

  • Ohio State joined nine other schools for Gateway Engineering Education Coalition


History of ohio state first year program1

History of Ohio State First Year -Program

  • Considered Drexel and Rose-Hulman Models

  • 1993-97 Developed Fundamentals of Engineering Honors Program

  • 1992 & 1997 Engineering Core Surveys of OSU Graduates

  • 1998 Retreat – 100 Faculty


Possible models

Possible Models

  • Rose-Hulman – First Year

    • Quarter system

    • Three 12 credit courses combining and integrating math, physics, chemistry, engineering

    • Team of teachers

    • Just in time delivery


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Possible Models

  • Drexel University

    • Quarter System

    • Combined topics for 1st Year Students (3 Qtrs)

      • Math and Physics

      • Chemistry and Biology

      • Humanities (English+) for Engineering

      • Engineering – Hands-On Labs, Maple, LabView, Design Projects

    • Sophomore (2 Quarters)

      • Systems, Energy, Materials


Building a first year engineering program

Semester System – Team Taught

Freshman Year

EPICS 151 (3)

Sophomore Year

EPICS 251(3)

Weekly Schedule includes

Project, CAD, Workshop

Weekly Schedule includes Project, Computer, Workshop

Design Methodology

Problem Solving

Communications

Tools and Skills

Same Project – One Client

Design Methodology

Problem Solving

Communications

Tools and Skills

Many Projects w/ Clients


Osu engineering core survey

OSU Engineering Core Survey

  • Students needed more:

    • Teamwork

    • Project management

    • Communications

    • Problem Solving

    • CADD with Solid Modeling

    • Computer Tools


Timeline for new programs

Year Activity (Students)

1992 Planning for FEH

1993 Pilot 1(30)

1994 Pilot 2/3(38/65)

1995 Pilot 4/5(37/64)

1996 Pilot 6(64)

1997 FEH Approved (71)

FEH (105)

FEH (173)

FEH (218)

2001 FEH (252)

2002 FEH (247)

Year Activity (Students)

Planning for FE

Pilot (105)

Pilot (275)

FE Approved (681)

FE (~800)

FE (~1,050)

Timeline for New Programs


First year engineering program

First-Year Engineering Program

  • Fundamentals of Engineering Honors Program

    • EG H191 - Graphics, CADD, Hands-on Labs, Short design projects

    • EG H192 - Problem Solving, Algorithms, C/C++, Hands-on Labs, MATLAB

    • EG H193 - Team Design-Build Project - Autonomous Robots, Project Management & Documentation, Robot Controller programmed in C


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First-Year Engineering Program

  • Fundamentals of Engineering Honors Program

    • Students learn with a team of Faculty, GTAs, and Undergraduate TAs

    • Engineering, Physics, and Math faculty meet weekly

    • Students stay together for three quarters

    • Faculty are selected for teaching ability

    • Faculty and GTAs teach the labs

    • Electronic Journals for weekly feedback


Feh program results

FEH Program Results

  • Students get into their major one quarter early.

  • Students participate in Co-op/Internship

  • Students become leaders in student organizations – Local High Schools / FIRST

  • FEH is a reason for top students to choose OSU over other schools.


Two person team design project

Two Person Team Design Project


Team robot design build project

Team Robot Design-Build Project


Robot competition

Robot Competition


Team project oral presentation

Team Project Oral Presentation


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First-Year Engineering Program

  • Fundamentals of Engineering

    • Engineering 181 (parallel to H191)

      • Graphics and CADD, Computer Tools (Excel, Word), Team Product Dissection Labs, Report Writing, Presentation

    • Engineering 183 (parallel to H193)

      • Graphics and CADD, MATLAB, Team Design-Build Project, Project Management and Documentation


First year engineering program3

First-Year Engineering Program

  • Fundamentals of Engineering

    • Students learn with a team of Faculty, GTAs, and Peer Mentors

      • PMs Funded by Honda

    • Students stay together for two quarters

    • Faculty come from all departments

    • Program and Course Assessment

    • Electronic Journals

    • Student Evaluation of Instruction


Hands on lab

Hands On Lab

Bridge Building

&

Competition


Hands on lab1

Hands On Lab

Ice Cream Lab


Ten week team design project a system to sort recyclable materials

Ten Week Team Design Project: A System to Sort Recyclable Materials

Building

the

Conveyor


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Ten Week Team Design Project:A System to Sort Recyclable Materials

Testing

the

Design


Enrollment since 1993

Enrollment Since 1993


Enrollment 2001 2002

Enrollment 2001-2002

  • Fundamentals of Engineering

    • 956 Students began the FE Course Sequence.

    • 809 (85%) Students completed the Sequence.

    • 704 (73%) Students returned to ENG in AU02.

  • Fundamentals of Engineering Honors

    • 248 Students began the FEH Course Sequence.

    • 213 (86%) Students completed the Sequence.

    • 210 (85%) Students returned to ENG in AU02.


Enrollment 2001 20021

Enrollment 2001-2002

  • First-Year Engineering Program

    • 1,204 Students began the First-Year Engineering Program.

    • 1,022 (85%) Students completed the Program Sequence.

    • 914 (76%) Students returned to ENG in AU02.

  • Why 76%?

  • Most Students who chose not to continue in Engineering decided to change majors.


Space renovation summer 2000 2001

Space Renovation Summer 2000 - 2001

  • 72 Seat Computer Classroom

  • Three 36 Seat Computer Classrooms

  • Three Hands-On Labs - each 9 teams of 4 students


New first year engineering classrooms

New First-Year Engineering Classrooms


New laboratories

New Laboratories


Measures of success

Measures of Success

  • Enrich students’ Engineering education experience and help them to connect to the College

  • Engage students in Engineering as a discipline and as a profession

  • Improve retention, or possibility for an early decision

  • Learn valuable new skills for future courses, Co-op and Internships, and on the job, meet ABET Criteria


Assessment

Assessment


Assessment1

Assessment


Online tools used in the first year program

Journals

Final Course Evaluation

TA Evaluations

Lab Instructor Evaluations

Pittsburgh Freshman Attitudes Survey (pre & post)

Peer/Team Evaluations (midterm & final)

Purdue Visualization Test (pre & post)

Felder Learning Styles Inventory

Online Tools used in the First-Year Program


Staffing

Staffing

  • Program reports to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Services

  • Faculty Coordinator for First-Year Program

  • Program Director & Honors Coordinator

  • Office Associate, Information Associate & Graduate Administrative Associate

  • Two Instructional Laboratory Supervisors

  • Rotating Faculty from all departments, 20+ GTAs, and 45 Peer Mentors from all departments


Lessons learned

Lessons Learned

  • There is much to be learned from others’ mistakes and successes

  • A great program at one school probably won’t work at another school without changes

  • You have to establish ownership by the College


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