First-Year Clinic

First-Year Clinic

First-Year Clinic

This course presents an introduction to the practice of engineering through application problems drawn from engineering disciplines chosen to amplify work drawn from supporting courses. It includes topics such as: technical communication formats; analytical tools; computer-based tools: introduction to design; engineering ethics; teamwork. 

Students use an ebook written by ExEEd faculty member Dr. Jess Everett, and we use a flipped-classroom model in which students are expected to read assigned chapters of the book and complete reading comprehension quiz questions and then in the classroom the concepts are reinforced through hands-on, minds-on learning. 

Topics covered include engineering majors, statistics, unit conversions, engineering economics, uncertainty, 3D modeling, Matlab, ethics, and collaboration.

Projects that students experience in First-Year Engineering Clinic include 3D Modeling/Printing, Product Archaeology, Escape Room Design, Clean Energy Exploration, Sustainability Investigation, Universal Design, Design for the Other 90%, Net Zero Energy Home Study, and Global Expansion of Algae Biofuels. 

Many of these projects have been documented in Americal Society for Engineering Education and First-Year Engineering Education conference proceedings.