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International Benchmarking

The last 10-15 years have witnessed escalation in the development of departments and centres focusing on multidisciplinary technology innovation, design, and engineering education, mainly in the USA but noticeably worldwide. These entities are dedicated entirely to academic provisioning, practice, and research in topics such as innovation, design, and engineering education. Examples of their academic offerings are as follows: first-year engineering programmes, engineering design experience, multidisciplinary engineering minors/majors or degrees, and structured

M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes in related areas; see Table 5.1 for examples of activities and programmes of TIEE similar entities.

The most notable examples are the School of Technology, Design, and Professional Engineering Education at Pennsylvania State University, and the

Table 5.1 Sample of multidisciplinary engineering organizational entities

Entity and housing college

Name

Scope

Brief description

Examples of departments in the same institution

School of

Engineering

Education

College of

Engineering—

Purdue

University

Pre-College

Engineering

K-12

Outreach, research, and projects related to engineering in K-12

School of Civil

Engineering

School of

Chemical

Engineering

School of

Industrial

Engineering

School of

Mechanical

Engineering

School of

Electrical and

Computer

Engineering

First-Year Engineering Programme

Freshman

First-Year Engineering Programme

Idea to Innovation (i2i)

UG

Innovation and Design Integrative Space and Mentoring

Multidisciplinary Engineering Programme with Concentration in General Engineering

UG

B.Sc. Degree (ABET Accredited) with concentration on General Engineering

Multidisciplinary Engineering Programme with Concentration in Engineering Management

UG

B.Sc. Degree (ABET Accredited) with concentration on Engineering Management

Engineering Education

PG

Ph.D. Degree

School of

Engineering

Design,

Technology, and

Professional

Programmes

College of

Engineering—

Pennsylvania

State University

First-Year Engagement

Freshman

Freshman courses for First-Year Engineering Experience Engagement

Department of

Architectural

Engineering

Department of

Chemical

Engineering

Department of

Computer

Science and

Engineering

Department of

Industrial and

Manufacturing

Engineering

Engineering

Leadership

Development

UG

Undergraduate Minor

Engineering

Entrepreneurship

UG

Undergraduate Minor

Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship

UG

General Engineering (GENG) Courses

Engineering Design (with Tracks in Systems Design, and in Product Design)

PG

M.Sc. and M.Eng. (more professionally oriented) in Engineering Design

Table 5.1 (continued)

Entity and housing college

Name

Scope

Brief description

Examples of departments in the same institution

Division of Engineering Science Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering —University of Toronto

The Foundations Years Y1 and Y2

Freshman

and

Sophomore

Two Years Foundational Engineering Programme

Department of Civil

Engineering Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Praxis II Showcase

UG

Multidisciplinary engineering design for resolving a local challenge in Toronto

Engineering Science Majors (Biomedical Systems Engineering, Infrastructure Engineering, Robotic Engineering)

UG

Multidisciplinary engineering majors

The Professional Experience Year Programme

UG

One-year Co-Opt Internship Programme with Industry

Skoll BASc/MBA Programme

UG/PG

Combined Multidisciplinary Engineering Science B.Sc. and MBA programme in collaboration with School of Management

School of Engineering Education at Purdue University, which was established in 2004. Other examples are the Department of Engineering Education (since 2004) at Virginia Tech, Centre for Engineering Innovation at Texas A&M (since 2012), and the Department of Engineering and Technology Education at Utah State University (since 2005). The most noticeable emergence outside the USA can be observed in South Korea, where the number of engineering innovation and education focused entities rose from zero, 7 years ago, to 65, currently.

 
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