Promoting systems thinking in engineering and pre-engineering students

Rashmi Jain, Keith Sheppard, Elisabeth McGrath, Bernard Gallois

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Abstract

The context of engineering is one dominated by systems. In order to better prepare graduates with a systems perspective and the competencies to be effective in system design, we discuss initiatives to promote the development of systems thinking, both in undergraduate and K-12 communities. This paper describes vertically-integrated curriculum innovation, in which graduate-level coursework spawned a pilot program to embed systems in a core engineering design course for undergraduates with its resulting adoption and extension to a core design thread, and a resulting high school curriculum development and dissemination effort which has followed. These efforts have also prompted educational research to develop the academic underpinnings of the relatively under-developed scholarly foundations of systems engineering.

Original languageEnglish
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009
Event2009 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: 14 Jun 200917 Jun 2009

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Promoting systems thinking in engineering and pre-engineering students. / Jain, Rashmi; Sheppard, Keith; McGrath, Elisabeth; Gallois, Bernard.

In: ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings, 01.01.2009.

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