Engineering Clinics

Engineering Clinics

Engineering Clinics

Clinic History

Engineering education in the United States is undergoing many changes brought about by several factors including: our society's need for more engineers, pressure to reduce credit hours leading to degree, newly implemented accreditation criteria, industry demands, and a renewed interest in student-centered learning. Among the many challenges arising from these changes, perhaps the most formidable is the incorporation of more design into the curriculum. Design represents the solution of open-ended problems, usually in the development of a product. It challenges students to use the engineering skills, knowledge and tools that they have acquired. It encompasses such higher level skills as analysis, synthesis and evaluation, and is a highly valued skill set in engineering graduates. It is also arguably the most difficult to learn (and teach). At Rowan University , we have infused design into the curriculum through an eight-semester course sequence called the Engineering Clinic in which students learn the art and science of design in a multidisciplinary team environment.

The most outstanding feature of the engineering curriculum at Rowan University is its emphasis on multidisciplinary interactions through courses and, especially, the Engineering Clinics. The Clinics are an eight-semester sequence of courses taken by all engineering students.


Clinic Program

The Freshman Clinic is focused on engineering measurements and reverse engineering. The Fall semester of the Freshman Engineering Clinic has laboratory components from all major engineering disciplines. 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 guitar effect pedals and small bridges.

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 professors. Each team works on a unique project, which can be multiple semesters in length. A typical sequence includes: information search and review; development of a clear and concise problem statement; research and/or design and testing activities; 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.

Clinic Affliate Sponsors

Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence *  MacKissic, Inc.
Alliance Partners/PHI Lighting  MACTEX, Inc. *
American Chemical Society  Mannington Mills
Angelo J. Falciani, L.L.C./C.W. Brown  Mesa Environmental Sciences
ARCADIS BBL, ARCADIS U.S. Inc./NJ Water Environment Assoc.  Mr. Nunnenkamp
Biothane Corporation  National Science Foundation *
Campbell Soup  Naval Air Warfare Center - Aircraft Division Grant
Combustion Byproducts Recycling Consortium *  Naval Surface Warfare Center
Commerce Bank  NJ Department of Military & Veteran Affairs *
Conectiv  Northeast Hazardous Substrance Research Center *
Construction Industry Advancement Program of NJ  Novartis
Cooper, Willard  Omega Engineering
Coriell Institute for Medical Research  Physical Acoustics Corp.
Damar  Pitman, NJ *
Domino Foods  Pfizer
DURABLA Fluid Technology  PSEG
Earth Tech, Inc. *  PTC Value Recovery
EarthSolve, Inc.  RL Associates
Egg Harbor Twp. Police Athletic League  Robson Goldberg
Electric Mobility  SAIC *
Energy and Environmental Research Center *  Schroth Development Svcs
Engineers Without Borders *  Siemens
ExxonMobil  Sony Music
General Mills  South Jersey Gas Company
Gil Wal Technologies  Stryker Orthopaedics
Glass, John and Alice  Sunoco
Glassboro, NJ *  SunTechnics
Inductotherm industries  SureID LLC.
Johnson Matthey  Terra Systems, Inc. *
Kandle Lake Associates  Thomson Consumer Electronics
Kaneka  TREKConnectINC.
Lake Kandle Swim Club  US Army Corps of Engineers *
Lemelson Foundation  US Department of Energy *
Lindback Foundation, Minority Jr. Faculty Grant  US Environmental Protection Agency
Lockheed Martin  Valero Refining
M&A London (Helios Products)  Water Environment Research Foundation
* Grant Funded  Wheaton IndustriesGrant/Contract funded