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The College of Engineering - Chemical Engineering

Engineering Clinics

The Clinic concept is perhaps the most unique facet of Rowan's engineering curriculum.  Patterned loosely after the medical education model, the clinic is the place where students, faculty, theory and engineering applications converge.  It's the place where students learn first-hand about engineering under the guidance of engineers.  The clinics are a continuous and substantial part of the curriculum, totaling 20 hours varying from two to four hours every semester over the four years. 

The clinic delivers on the following goals of the Rowan curriculum:

Clinics for first-year students focus on basic, introductory skills such as engineering measurements.  In the second year, engineering students develop sound communication skills through working on a conceptual project.  In the third and fourth years, students participate in team projects which feature actual joint ventures with industry partners. 

Background

In 1992, a local industrialist Henry M. Rowan made a $100,000,000 donation to the then Glassboro State College in order to establish a high-quality engineering school in southern New Jersey.  This gift has enabled the university to create an innovative and forward-looking engineering program. Since 1996, the exceptional capabilities of each incoming class of approximately 100 engineering students at Rowan (avg. SAT score of 1260; avg. class rank of top 13%) have repeatedly verified the need for a quality undergraduate engineering school in the quickly growing region of southern New Jersey.

The College of Engineering at Rowan is comprised of four departments: Chemical; Civil; Electrical and Computer; and Mechanical. Each department has been designed to serve 25 to 30 students per year, resulting in 100 to 120 students per year in the College.  The size of the College has been optimized such that it is large enough to provide specialization in separate and credible departments, yet small enough to permit a truly multidisciplinary curriculum in which laboratory/design courses are offered simultaneously to all engineering students in all four disciplines. Indeed, the hallmark of the engineering program at Rowan University is the multidisciplinary, project-oriented Engineering Clinic sequence. 

The Engineering Clinics are taken each semester by every engineering student at Rowan University.  In the Engineering Clinic students and faculty from all four engineering departments work side-by-side on laboratory experiments, real world design projects and research. The solutions of these problems require not only proficiency in the technical principles, but, as importantly, require a mastery of written and oral communication skills and the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team. Table 1 contains an overview of course content in the 8-semester engineering clinic sequence.  As shown in the table, each clinic course has a specific theme although the underlying concept of engineering design pervades throughout.

Table 1.  Overview of course content in the 8-semester Engineering Clinic sequence.

Year

Engineering Clinic Theme (Fall)

Engineering Clinic Theme

(Spring)

Freshman

Engineering Measurements

Reverse Engineering

Sophomore

Written Communication and

Design

16-Week Multidisciplinary Design Projects and Oral Communication

Junior

Year-Long Multidisciplinary

Applied Research, Development or Design Projects

Senior

Year-Long Multidisciplinary

Applied Research, Development or Design Projects

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