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Suggested Citation:"Inside back cover." National Academy of Engineering. 2012. Infusing Real World Experiences into Engineering Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18184.


The Ohio State University: Social Innovation and Commercialization,

The University of Texas at Austin: Graduates Linked with Undergraduates in Engineering (GLUE),

Union College: Engineering and Liberal Arts Entrepreneurship Seminar,

University of Arizona: Interdisciplinary Senior Capstone Design Program with Industry Participation,

University of California, Irvine: MAE188 - Engineering Design in Industry,

University of California, Davis: Collaborative Interdisciplinary Design Experience,

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: ME470- Senior Design,

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: Global Leaders in Construction Management,

University of Massachusetts Amherst: Authentic Engineering Design Challenges for First-Year Chemical Engineering Students,

University of Michigan: Multidisciplinary Design Program,

University of Michigan-Dearborn: Henry W. Patton Center for Engineering Education and Practice,

University of North Carolina, Charlotte: Industrial Senior Design Program,

University of Notre Dame: Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences Annual Junior Class Field Trip,

University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University: Student-Enacted Simulation of Real-World Software Engineering Processes,

University of Oklahoma: Structured Industry Sponsored Capstone Program to Enhance Experiential Learning,

University of Pittsburgh: Freshmen Engineering Academic Program,

University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez: Manufacturing Automation Room

University of Utah: Professional Practice and Design Course,

University of Virginia: Jet Engine Manufacturing,

University of Wisconsin – Madison: First-year Students as Interviewers: Uncovering What It Means to Be an Engineer,

University of Wisconsin-Platteville: Introduction to Infrastructure,

University of Texas at Dallas: UTDesign,

Virginia Tech: The Land Development Design Initiative,

Western Kentucky University: Project-Based Learning Throughout Three Curricula,

Suggested Citation:"Inside back cover." National Academy of Engineering. 2012. Infusing Real World Experiences into Engineering Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18184.
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The aim of this report is to encourage enhanced richness and relevance of the undergraduate engineering education experience, and thus produce better-prepared and more globally competitive graduates, by providing practical guidance for incorporating real world experience in US engineering programs. The report, a collaborative effort of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), builds on two NAE reports on The Engineer of 2020 that cited the importance of grounding engineering education in real world experience. This project also aligns with other NAE efforts in engineering education, such as the Grand Challenges of Engineering, Changing the Conversation, and Frontiers of Engineering Education.

This publication presents 29 programs that have successfully infused real world experiences into engineering or engineering technology undergraduate education. The Real World Engineering Education committee acknowledges the vision of AMD in supporting this project, which provides useful exemplars for institutions of higher education who seek model programs for infusing real world experiences in their programs. The NAE selection committee was impressed by the number of institutions committed to grounding their programs in real world experience and by the quality, creativity, and diversity of approaches reflected in the submissions. A call for nominations sent to engineering and engineering technology deans, chairs, and faculty yielded 95 high-quality submissions. Two conditions were required of the nominations: (1) an accredited 4-year undergraduate engineering or engineering technology program was the lead institutions, and (2) the nominated program started operation no later than the fall 2010 semester. Within these broad parameters, nominations ranged from those based on innovations within a single course to enhancements across an entire curriculum or institution.

Infusing Real World Experiences into Engineering Education is intended to provide sufficient information to enable engineering and engineering technology faculty and administrators to assess and adapt effective, innovative models of programs to their own institution's objectives. Recognizing that change is rarely trivial, the project included a brief survey of selected engineering deans concern in the adoption of such programs.

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