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1 Engineering the Future NSF PEEC Workshop 2 August 2012
The Iron Range Engineering Model: Project-based Learning for Technical, Professional & Design Competencies Rebecca Bates, PhD Engineering the Future NSF PEEC Workshop 2 August 2012

2 Learning engineering by doing engineering
Students drive their own degree Students decide: What they learn When they learn How they learn Students earn a B.S. in Engineering

3 Characteristics +2 program: 3rd and 4th year engineering students
100% Project-based Learning Strong industry partnerships driving projects Entrepreneurship and leadership are included in our student outcomes. Eligible for NSF S-STEM MAX Scholarship Housed in the Department of Integrated Engineering

4 Overview History Industry partnerships Curriculum Pedagogy

5 True partnerships First graduates in December 2011
Itasca Community College First graduates in December 2011 First students in 2013

6 Tribal Colleges with STEM programs in MN
Current partners

7 Math Upper Division and Science B.S. ENGR PBL 32 cr. 128 cr. 60 cr.
General Education 23 cr. Math and Science 32 cr. Upper Division PBL 60 cr. B.S. ENGR 128 cr. Lower Division ENGR 13 cr.

8 Required for entry to upper division
Math and Science 32 cr. *ABET Requirement – 32 credits calculus and laboratory based science Required for entry to upper division Required, but may be taken during upper division Calculus 1 (4 cr.) Biology 1 or Chemistry 2 or Physics 3 (4 cr.) Calculus 2 (4 cr.) Calculus 3 (4 cr.) Differential Eq. (4 cr.) Physics 1 (4 cr.) Physics 2 (4 cr.) Chemistry 1 (4 cr.)

9 General ED 23 cr. Math and Science 32 cr. *Replicate of Electrical, Civil, and Mechanical Engineering; meets university graduation requirements Typically taken prior to upper division (1-2 courses may be taken during upper division) Communication (7 cr.) First Year Composition Speech or Technical Writing or Composition 2 or equivalent Micro or Macro Economics (3 cr.) Humanities (minimum of 9 cr.) Social Sciences (minimum of 6 cr.) * Humanities and Social Sciences must total 16 credits * For breadth two courses from above must be in same department * Student must meet University diversity (purple and gold) requirements

10 Taken prior to admission to upper division
Lower Division ENGR 13 cr. Math and Science 32 cr. General ED 23 cr. *Typical lower division engineering course requirement: these serve as the foundational knowledge for the upper division technical core competencies. Taken prior to admission to upper division Engineering Mechanics: Statics (3 cr.) Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics (3 cr.) Electrical Circuits (4 cr.) Introduction to Engineering Design and Engineering Graphics (3 cr.) This requirement can be flexible, based on local offerings.

11 Technical Competencies (32 cr.)
Upper Division PBL 60 cr. Math and Science 32 cr. * 15 credits per semester for four semesters. Technical credits are the math, science, and engineering theory needed to be an engineer (ABET outcomes: a,e, and k) . Professional and Design encompass the wide range of communication, ethics, leadership, learning, and contextual competencies needed to practice engineering (ABET outcomes: b,c,d,f,g,h,i, and j). Technical Competencies (32 cr.) Professional and Design Competencies (28 cr.) Mechanical Core (8 cr.) Electrical Core (8 cr.) Engineering Project Design (12 cr.) Advanced Technical (16 cr.) Professional Development (12 cr) *“Mechanical Emphasis” if 12 of advanced credits are directly related to mechanical engineering Contemporary Issues Seminar (4 cr.) * 7 credits per semester (3 cr. Design, 3 cr. Professional, 1 cr. Seminar) * “Electrical Emphasis” if 12 of advanced credits are directly related to electrical engineering * These are the credits students earn while executing the client sponsored projects in “project based learning”

12 Mechanical Core Properties Material Science Mechanics of Materials
Advanced Statics Advanced Dynamics Thermodynamics Fluid Mechanics Heat Transfer

13 Electrical Core AC Circuits Instrumentation 3-phase AC
Electromagnetics Electronics Digital logic Electric Machines Signals & Systems

14 Professional & Design Competencies
Leadership Learning Teamwork Communication Professionalism Personal Responsibility More……. Scoping Ideation Design Decisions Modeling Prototyping Testing Contextualization Solution Realization Etc……

15 Project Cycle

16 IRE Model Week 16 Outcome of Learning as a Result of Design Work
Final Review Etc. Metacognition Ethics Contemporary Issues Professional Responsibility Leadership Needed Early to Complete Design Scoping Communication Week 1 Technical Learning Design Work Professional Growth

17 A day in the life… 4 hours working on project
3 hours learning more engineering 1 hour being a responsible IRE citizen 2-3 hours of homework – organization and regulation of the learning

18 A week in the life… Design Review Learning Review Industry Interaction
Visiting Lunch Speaker Learning About Learning Student Life Activity Exams

19 Projects: Connected to industry
Blandin Minnesota Power United Taconite Hibbing Taconite Medtronic General Electric Design Wise Medical Terex And more…

20 Sample Spring 2011 Projects
Company: Delta T Delta S Slider
Description: An entrepreneurial project to design and market a camera slider aimed at hobby level video enthusiasts. Company: Design Wise Medical (Non-profit pediatric medical device company) Description: Students are working to develop a noninvasive method to deliver oxygen to children as they sleep. They will produce is a tracking system to say where oxygen needs to be delivered. Company: Hibbing Taconite Company
Description: Students are developing a high flow fluids system, with structural, and workplace design components, followed by a detailed economic analysis.  Company: MN Power
Description: Students will be designing a heating system for the fuels storage and process buildings at Minnesota Power's Clay Boswell plant, evaluating using waste energy from the power plant. Company: Terex
Description: The goal of the Terex project group is to design and construct two sound dampening booths for the end of the Terex assembly line where quality testing is done. Company: TesGen
Description: As a continuation and further development of an entrepreneurial project, the team will refine the design and determine feasibility for a small, lightweight, portable power generator. Company: Venari Trap Systems
Description: Team members will be learning programming, electronics, and positioning technologies as well as business.  Team members will be designing an autonomous triggering system for a clay pigeon trap based on relative position of a "hunter" to the trap.

21 A Student Reflection At the heart of IRE are industry-driven engineering projects; this semester, our group's industry partner was DesignWise Medical, a non-profit pediatric medical devices company.  Compared to working on an internal IRE project, this experience has been much different on many levels. First, I felt a greater obligation to work on the project, because the project is real. In this case, delivering a sub par product would have meant letting down a non-profit company with the goal of improving the quality of life for children. Second, it became obvious whenever we fell behind on our work. Since the client was 200 miles away from us, our group met with the client weekly via teleconference. Long silences during these meetings were a sign that we had not made significant progress that week, and that we would need to change our work habits for the following week. And third, getting client feedback throughout the entire design process gave us a clear sense of what the client expected and forced us to reconsider our decisions. For example, we had initially dismissed one of our options, but then the client requested that we further pursue the option. This option later became part of our final recommendation. All in all, it has been a great experience and I look forward to future projects of this type! 

22 Growing Areas Continued assessment
Propagation of the partnership PBL model Faculty development & training: How do we teach this way when we didn’t learn this way?

23 Successes 22 graduates 2011 Minnesota Cup winners
2 headed to graduate school 19 employed 1 starting his search this fall 2011 Minnesota Cup winners Active research engagement ABET accreditation visit scheduled: Oct. 2012

24 Questions? More information and applications: & Student and faculty blog: Becky Bates


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