Engineering Clinic

Engineering Clinic

Engineering Clinics

The Clinic concept is the signature facet of Rowan's unique engineering curriculum. Inspired by the medical education model, the clinic program is the place where students, faculty, theory and engineering applications converge. It's the place where students experience a hands-on approach to learning about engineering, under the guidance of credentialed engineers. Clinics are a continuous and substantial part of the curriculum and thread the entire four-year undergraduate program.

Clinics deliver the following goals of the engineering curriculum:

  • Hands on - Students apply what they are learning about.
  • Integrated - Demonstrate correlations with supporting course work.
  • Multidisciplinary - Involve students as a community of problem solvers.
  • Teamwork - Emphasize the advantage of effective teaming.
  • Communication - Develop excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Entrepreneurial - Reinforce value-based engineering.
  • Contextual - Help students understand the big picture.

Background and Partners

First-Year Clinic

First-Year Engineering Clinics focus on engineering’s place in society and fundamental engineering skills. Students complete short readings online and quizzes before-hand, freeing class time for hands-on minds-on learning. Students practice what they learn by 3D printing student-designs and evaluating commercial products. They use Sustainable Engineering and Universal Design principles to identify solutions to real-world problems. Students communicate their findings in memos, reports and presentations.

Sophomore Clinic

Sophomore Engineering Clinic merges communication coursework with an engineering design experience. It is collaboratively taught by faculty from the Writing Arts Department and Rowan's College of Engineering in the Fall and faculty from Communication Studies and Engineering in the Spring. Students spend part of their time each week lab, focused on engineering design principles, and the other part of the week in a composition classroom (fall) or public speaking classroom (spring), focusing on a number of written or oral deliverables that cover a variety of genres.

Junior & Senior Clinics

In the Junior/Senior Clinics students work side-by-side with Faculty on laboratory experiments, real world design projects and research. The solutions of these problems require not only proficiency in the technical principles, but, as importantly, require a mastery of written and oral communication skills and the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.