ASEE Webinar: Educational Techniques for the Next Generation of Engineers

It’s been more than a decade since the turn of the century and for the most part, the way we teach undergraduates mathematical and design concepts in engineering modeling has remained unchanged for almost half a century. This webinar makes two bold assertions:

  1. Industry is undergoing a major transformation and we stand to fall behind in our pedagogy.
  2. New software is finally emerging that promises to reconcile theory with application and design in industry, research, and ultimately in the classroom.

With fresh thinking new engineering challenges such as interdisciplinary and optimal design can begin influencing the curriculum in a way that is accessible to most undergrads, is relevant to industry, and does not sacrifice rigor. Advanced physical modeling and simulation technology offers increased capabilities for educators, and is also easy and intuitive enough to be used by undergrads so they can gain greater insight into the nature of physical systems.

This webinar highlights the work of three engineering educators:

1. Dr. Thomas Doyle: Transforming the freshman ‘cornerstone’ design course through modeling and simulation
2. Dr. Venkat Krovi: The use of symbolic computation to enhance robotics education and control education
3. Dr. James Andrew Smith: The benefits of using a dynamic modeling software package in electrical engineering courses

In this panel discussion lead by Tim Vrablik of Maplesoft and moderated by Scott Williamson of ASEE, learn firsthand how advanced physical modeling and simulation technology can enrich your classroom and accelerate learning.

During this webinar, education-focused applications of MapleSim will be demonstrated. This technology differs from traditional modeling software in that it offers a richer and more relevant treatment of the underlying mathematics and physics of models. MapleSim and other such physical modeling tools have experienced rapid adoption in industry in recent years and institutions are now starting down the path to curriculum reform.

Dr. Thomas Doyle, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, McMaster University
Dr. Venkat Krovi, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo

Dr. James Andrew Smith, Biomedical Engineering Program Director, Ryerson University
Scott Williamson,
American Society for Engineering Education
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