Electronic Design, Test and Applications, IEEE International Workshop on (2002)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Jan. 29, 2002 to Jan. 31, 2002
David V. Kerns , F.W. Olin College of Engineering
Sherra E. Kerns , F.W. Olin College of Engineering
Gill A. Pratt , F.W. Olin College of Engineering
Mark H. Somerville , F.W. Olin College of Engineering
Jill D. Crisman , F.W. Olin College of Engineering
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, how 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.
M. H. Somerville, J. D. Crisman, G. A. Pratt, D. V. Kerns and S. E. Kerns, "The Search for Design in Electrical Engineering Education," Electronic Design, Test and Applications, IEEE International Workshop on(DELTA), Christchurch, New Zealand, 2002, pp. 192.