TOWARDS EFFECTIVE MULTIDISCIPLINARY ENGINEERING EDUCATION: THE MULTIDISCIPLINARY DESIGN STREAM AT QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY
Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA)
Professional engineers in industry not only have to work frequently with those from other disciplines and professions, but often have to develop working skills and knowledge beyond their original discipline due to the requirements of their employment. Similarly, engineering design skills are also important attributes for professional engineers, particularly those working in product, process or system development. Surveys continue to suggest that industry perceives most engineering graduates,
... hough technically competent, have minimal practical design skills, and lack the complimentary professional skills that are required for working successfully in the shared workplace. In an effort to address the need for both multidisciplinary and design engineering skills, a multidisciplinary design stream is under development at Queen's University. Beginning with a course designed to develop a broad range of fundamental engineering design knowledge, professional skills and attitudes, the stream will continue to enhance the student's capability through a full year experience working on industry based design projects in multidisciplinary teams. The first elective offering of the design engineering fundamentals course attracted students from nine of ten disciplines. The project phase of the stream will be first offered in 2005-2006 to those students completing the fundamentals course. This paper will therefore discuss the multidisciplinary design stream as a work in progress.