Published in Proceedings of the DETC/CIE 2006 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, September 13, 2006. Copyright © 2006 American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
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NOTE: At the time of publication, the author John C. Chen was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
At Rowan University, we have infused design into the curriculum through an eight-semester course sequence called the Engineering Clinic. Through this experience students learn the art and science of design in a multidisciplinary team environment. While many engineering programs currently include a Capstone Design course taken near the end of the college career to meet the design needs, Engineering Clinic at Rowan allows students to hone their design skills throughout their four-year career. This paper will describe in further detail the objectives and execution of each year in the design sequence, types of projects and how the Clinics complement traditional core courses in the curriculum. Impacts and benefits of the Clinics on students and faculty are discussed, as well as comparative data of Rowan Mechanical Engineering students and their peers nationally.