Engineering Clinics

Engineering Clinics

Engineering Clinics


The Engineering College at Rowan is committed to innovative methods of learning to best prepare students for a rapidly changing and highly competitive marketplace. Key objectives include:

  • Creating multidisciplinary experiences through collaborative laboratories and coursework;
  • Incorporating state-of-the-art technologies throughout the curricula;
  • Creating continuous opportunities for technical writing and communication, and
  • Emphasizing hands-on, open-ended problem solving, including undergraduate research.

To best meet these curriculum objectives, the four engineering programs at Rowan have common Engineering Clinic classes (Clinics) throughout their programs of study. Clinic classes mix students of different engineering disciplines. Students enroll in Clinics in each of their eight semesters at Rowan.

See examples of Junior Senior Clinic Projects:
Structures | Environmental | Geotechnical | Water Resources | Transportation

Clinic Program

The Freshman Clinic is focused on engineering measurements and reverse engineering. The Fall semester of the Freshman Engineering Clinic introduces students to Rowan and Engineering. Students work on projects that instrudce the fundamentals of engineering. In the Spring semester, students work on a semester-long reverse engineering project. Reverse engineering is the systematic testing of existing products, for the purpose of improvement. For example, students have reverse engineered coffee makers, hair dryers, remote-control cars, electric toothbrushes, and portable water filters.

The Sophomore Clinic is focused on engineering design. For perhaps the first time, students are exposed to realistic design problems best solved by multidisciplinary engineering teams. This course has significant communication components, both writing and speaking. Past projects include the design of landfills and baseball parks, and the design and construction of cranes, guitar effect pedals and small bridges. Students have also conducted energy audits of buildings on campus.

In Junior and Senior Clinics, students work in small teams of juniors and seniors on open-ended projects under the supervision of one or more professor. Each team works on a unique project, which can be multiple semesters in length. A typical sequence includes: information search and review; development of semester goal and schedule; design/run/analyze (experiments) or design/build/test (prototypes); and presentation of results via written report and presentation. Projects have ranged from evaluating the Betsy Ross Bridge to designing new wastewater treatment systems. Most projects are funded by industry or governmental agencies.

Use these links to find lists of Junior Senior Clinic Projects
Structures | Environmental | Geotechnical | Water Resources | Transportation


Description Agency
Betsy Ross Bridge Structure Modeling Delaware River Port Authority
Effects of Elevated Temperatures on External Fiber Wrap Systems Fyfe Company
Application of Monte Carlo Methods to Construction Cost Proposals CIAP
Communicating Constructibility CIAP
Non-Destructive Evaluation of Concrete Pipe Water Environment Research Federation


Description Agency
Fort Dix Energy Audit NJ Department of Military & Veteran Affairs
Leeds ND for Rowan Boulevard Glassboro, NJ
Zero Waste in Pitman, NJ Pitman Boro, NJ
Water Supply in Developing Countries (EWB) Rowan University
Biogeochemical Reductive Dechlorination of TCE Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence
Wastewater Reuse in Gloucester County US Environmental Protection Agency
A Novel Hollow Fiber Membrane Aerator National Science Foundation
Natural Attenuation of Contaminated Sites Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence
Nonylphenol & Other Metabolites in
NJ Wastewater Treatment Plants & Rivers
New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute
Acid Mine Remediation in Eastern Oklahoma Energy and Environmental Research Center
Fate and Transport of Nonionic Surfactants Northeast Hazardous Substance Research Center
Garden City - Virtual City for Civil Engineering Students National Science Foundation
Autotrophic Dentrification Using Hydrogen Oxidizing Bacteria Water Environment Research Foundation
Field Experiences for Undergraduates - Environmental National Science Foundation
Stress Testing Plan for A Wastewater Treatment Plant Gloucester County Utilities Authority
North Camden Brownfield Outreach Technical Outreach Service for Communities
Nonionic Surfactants & Foaming in a Wastewater Treatment Plant Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority


Description Agency
Finite element analyses of subgrade and flexible pavements Federal Aviation Administration
Finite element analysis of the sub-structure of the Betsy Ross bridge Delaware River Port Authority
Garden City - Virtual City for Civil Engineering Students National Science Foundation
Field Experiences for Undergraduates National Science Foundation
Visualization tools for Statics and Solid Mechanics National Science Foundation

Water Resources

Description Agency
Campus Stormwater Management NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection
Chestnut Branch Assessment US Environmental Protection Agency
Streambank Stabilization of Chestnut Branch of Mantua Creek Gloucester County and NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection
Wadsworth Dam Hydrologic Investigations Rowan University


Description Agency
Superpave Monitoring Project Florida Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration
Installation and Development of Superpave Equipment Evaluation of Interlayer Bonding of HMA Layers Wisconsin Highway Research Program
Evaluating the Utility of Raised Pavement Markers and Paints on Low Speed and Low Volume Roads Gloucester County, NJ
Evaluating the Causes of Stripping of Limestone Aggregates on County Roads Gloucester County, NJ
Conducting Inventory and Bar Coding of Road Signs on Gloucester County and Incorporating in GIS Database Gloucester County, NJ
Betsy Ross Bridge Field Measurements Delaware River Port Authority
Open Space Development Gloucester County, NJ
Signature Pattern Recognition California PATH (Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways)
Transportation Education Transportation Research Board