Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering
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, new 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 or process. 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 a course sequence called the Engineering Clinics 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, not only Mechanical Engineering students. Furthermore, all Mechanical Engineering faculty are involved. Two ME faculty lead a Freshman Clinic section, two are involved with Sophomore Clinic, and all ME faculty lead at least two Junior/Senior Clinic teams.