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Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering

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Engineering Clinics


Clinic History

Engineering education in the United States is undergoing many changes brought about by several factors including: our society's need for more engineers, pressure to reduce credit hours leading to degree, newly implemented accreditation criteria, industry demands, and a renewed interest in student-centered learning. Among the many challenges arising from these changes, perhaps the most formidable is the incorporation of more design into the curriculum. Design represents the solution of open-ended problems, usually in the development of a product. It challenges students to use the engineering skills, knowledge and tools that they have acquired. It encompasses such higher level skills as analysis, synthesis and evaluation, and is a highly valued skill set in engineering graduates. It is also arguably the most difficult to learn (and teach). At Rowan University , we have infused design into the curriculum through an eight-semester course sequence called the Engineering Clinic in which students learn the art and science of design in a multidisciplinary team environment. 

The most outstanding feature of the engineering curriculum at Rowan University is its emphasis on multidisciplinary interactions through courses and, especially, the Engineering Clinics. The Clinics are an eight-semester sequence of courses taken by all engineering students.

Clinic Program

The Freshman Clinic is focused on engineering measurements and reverse engineering. The Fall semester of the Freshman Engineering Clinic has laboratory components from all major engineering disciplines. In the Spring semester, students work on a semester-long reverse engineering project. Reverse engineering is the systematic testing of existing products, for the purpose of improvement. For example, students have reverse engineered coffee makers, hair dryers, remote-control cars, electric toothbrushes, and portable water filters.

The Sophomore Clinic is focused on engineering design. For perhaps the first time, students are exposed to realistic design problems best solved by multidisciplinary engineering teams. This course has significant communication components, both writing and speaking. Past projects include the design of landfills and baseball parks, and the design and construction of guitar effect pedals and small bridges.

In Junior and Senior Clinics , students work in small teams of juniors and seniors on open-ended projects under the supervision of one or more professors. Each team works on a unique project, which can be multiple semesters in length. A typical sequence includes: information search and review; development of a clear and concise problem statement; research and/or design and testing activities; and presentation of results via written report and presentation. Projects have ranged from evaluating the Betsy Ross Bridge to designing new wastewater treatment systems. Most projects are funded by industry or governmental agencies.

Clinic Affliate Sponsors

Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence *
Alliance Partners/PHI Lighting
American Chemical Society
Angelo J. Falciani, L.L.C./C.W. Brown
ARCADIS BBL, ARCADIS U.S. Inc./NJ Water Environment Assoc.
Biothane Corporation
Campbell Soup
Combustion Byproducts Recycling Consortium *
Commerce Bank
Construction Industry Advancement Program of NJ
Cooper, Willard
Coriell Institute for Medical Research
Domino Foods
DURABLA Fluid Technology
Earth Tech, Inc. *
EarthSolve, Inc.
Egg Harbor Twp. Police Athletic League
Electric Mobility
Energy and Environmental Research Center *
Engineers Without Borders *
General Mills
Gil Wal Technologies
Glass, John and Alice 
Glassboro, NJ *
Inductotherm industries
Johnson Matthey
Kandle Lake Associates
Lake Kandle Swim Club
Lemelson Foundation
Lindback Foundation, Minority Jr. Faculty Grant
Lockheed Martin
M&A London (Helios Products)
MacKissic, Inc.
MACTEX, Inc. *
Mannington Mills
Mesa Environmental Sciences
Mr. Nunnenkamp
National Science Foundation *
Naval Air Warfare Center – Aircraft Division Grant
Naval Surface Warfare Center
NJ Department of Military & Veteran Affairs *
Northeast Hazardous Substrance Research Center *
Omega Engineering
Physical Acoustics Corp.
Pitman, NJ *
PTC Value Recovery
RL Associates
Robson Goldberg
Schroth Development Svcs
Sony Music
South Jersey Gas Company
Stryker Orthopaedics
Terra Systems, Inc. *
Thomson Consumer Electronics
US Army Corps of Engineers *
US Department of Energy *
US Environmental Protection Agency
Valero Refining
Water Environment Research Foundation
Wheaton Industries

* Grant/Contract funded