Grand Challenges DELI (Discover, Explore, Learn, Imagine) Project

Jane Hunter, James Baygents
2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
Jane Hunter received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona Center for the Study of Higher Education. She holds an M.S. degree in engineering management and a B.S. degree with distinction in mechanical engineering. She is the Associate Director of the Engineering Management program at the University of Arizona and is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Her areas of interest include engineering education, teaching strategies, assessment and evaluation of program objectives
more » ... d learning outcomes, student teamwork and group dynamics, business and technology management, strategic and operational planning, project management, and technical sales and marketing. Jim's research interests include transport processes in natural and engineered systems; separations and water treatment processes; diffusion-reaction-precipitation in aqueous electrolyte systems; electrokinetic theory, measurements, and separations; electrically driven fluid motion and transport processes, including microfluidics; pattern formation in caves associated with Karst water systems; and industrial water treatment for recycle and re-use. Abstract In Fall 2011, researchers in the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona received an NSF Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES) grant to develop learner-centered materials and strategies for an existing engineering course required of entry-level students. The strategy for the project, named the GC DELI (Grand Challenges: Discover, Explore, Learn and Imagine), is to give freshmen engineering and prospective engineering students-some of whom are still in high school-an opportunity to explore interesting and relevant topics of their choice. Five unique web-based lines of study, referred to as Elective Units, are being designed to capture the interests of students with diverse backgrounds and to encourage higher-level thinking. The goals of the project are to increase the commitment of freshman engineering students to the pursuit of engineering as an academic major and a profession, to enhance the interest of high school students in engineering, and to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities matriculating into engineering and ultimately graduating with a degree in engineering. Conduct Research on Undergraduate STEM Education: Evaluate the commitment of students, particularly female and Hispanic students, to engineering to add to the general knowledge about how students learn and what factors influence student recruitment and retention in engineering. With the LCE CRI funding, Team 102 developed a unit on Energy, Water and the Environment, in which students explore the environmental, societal, global and economic context of the problems engineers face with regards to energy and water. A broad array of course materials and Page 25.681.6
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