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So, What is it that Engineers Do, Anyway?



Co Authors:

Ann Bisantz
Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering
University at Buffalo
bisantz@buffalo.edu

Amjad Aref
Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering
University at Buffalo
aaref@buffalo.edu

Alexander Cartwright
Office of the Chancellor
University of Missouri

Abstract:

In this case study, new engineering students are introduced to the discipline of engineering by illustrating the roles of various types of engineers in a large engineering project, the intelligent transportation system, that has the potential to impact many aspects of society. This case is designed to be used in a freshman introduction to engineering course, in which students are typically introduced to a variety of concepts across engineering disciplines.

Objectives:
  • To introduce new engineering students to the discipline of engineering by illustrating the roles of various types of engineers in a large engineering project that has the potential to impact many aspects of society.
  • To introduce students to the idea that engineering projects are multi-disciplinary in nature.
  • To introduce students to a fundamenta way of engineering thinking - the decomposition of problems and systems into smaller, more manageable parts.
  • To introduce the concepts of system reliability and redundancy.
Keywords: Intelligent transportation system; automated highway system; system analysis; system design; system reliability; system redundancy; engineering profession
Topical Area: N/A
Educational Level: Undergraduate lower division
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Analysis (Issues), Discussion
Language: English
Subject Headings: Engineering (General)   Civil Engineering   Industrial Engineering  
Date Posted: 02/11/99
Date Modified: N/A
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