Free ticketed event
This workshop is for design educators at all levels who want to enhance their courses by drawing on the latest research about engineering work. The workshop leaders will share findings from their longitudinal study that followed approximately a hundred engineers from industry-oriented capstone design classes at four different universities through the first year of work. The data includes weekly survey data from these new engineers' first three months on the job, as well as interviews at three, six, and twelve months of work. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to read narratives, explore an interactive data dashboard, and learn about new engineers' workplace activities, challenges, and strategies for making a successful transition. The research team will share findings that focus on areas where the capstone course did and didn’t prepare these new engineers for work, highlight key transferable skills, identify areas for enhancement, and note potentially unbridgeable differences. Workshop participants will have opportunities to iteratively identify aspects of their own courses that map to the challenges and strategies seen in our study population and to identify areas for improving or enhancing their courses as they explore the data and results from this project. Participants will also received materials that can be adapted to their own design courses to help their own students better prepare for engineering practice.
Prof. Marie C Paretti is a Professor at the Department of Engineering Education of Virginia Tech. She is also the Director of Virginia Tech Engineering Communications Center.