Benchmarking the integration of complex systems study in mechanical engineering programs in the southeastern United States

Nadia Kellam, Michelle Maher, James Russell, Veronica Addison, Wally Peters

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Abstract

Complex systems study, defined as an understanding of interrelationships between engineered, technical, and non-technical (e.g., social or environmental) systems, has been identified as a critical component of undergraduate engineering education. This paper assesses the extent to which complex systems study has been integrated into undergraduate mechanical engineering programs in the southeastern United States. Engineering administrators and faculty were surveyed and university websites associated with engineering education were examined. The results suggest engineering administrators and faculty believe that undergraduate engineering education remains focused on traditional engineering topics. However, the review of university websites indicates a significant level of activity in complex systems study integration at the university level, although less so at college and department levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-270
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2007

Keywords

  • Complex systems
  • Educational development
  • Undergraduate engineering students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Mechanical Engineering

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