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Journal of Aeronautics & Aerospace Engineering

Journal of Aeronautics & Aerospace Engineering
Open Access

ISSN: 2168-9792


Engineering student project teams: A microcosm of the college/university

3rd International Conference and Exhibition on Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

October 05-07, 2015 San Francisco, USA

Rebecca Macdonald

Cornell University, USA

Posters-Accepted Abstracts: J Aeronaut Aerospace Eng

Abstract :

Cornell Engineering has been a worldwide leader in the development of experiential learning for over 30 years. To springoff of Ezra Cornellâ�?�?s "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study", we encourage â�?�?any studentâ�?¦any projectâ�?¦â�? to occur. As we continue to aspire to make discoveries and educate leaders who will change the world, greater attention has been given to the engineering student project teams. Ultimately, this led to the development of a program level position with coordination throughout the College of Engineering. The primary focus of the program is to provide opportunities for students across all engineering and related disciplines to participate in hands-on interdisciplinary design, development, and construction of novel methods and/or projects. Students use their technical knowledge, creativity, entrepreneurism, and leadership skills to engage in national and international competitions and service projects. Currently, twenty-four teams are registered with nearly 1100 student participants representing every undergraduate engineering degree as well as from all colleges at the University. A qualitative and quantitative study was undertaken to better understand the breadth and impact of the current program. Along with anecdotal comments, the following categories will also be addressed: gender, class rank, ethnicity, project type, budgets, travel, course credit, etc. This will establish a baseline for the program that can be measured against for future growth, needs or interests, and decision making as well as a case study for other programs.

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