The purpose of the proposed Mechanical Engineering Design Education Workshop is to establish a long-term, mutually beneficial collaboration between university-level design engineering educators in the Republic of South Africa (RSA) and the United States of America (USA). The workshop is structured to combine the considerable engineering resources of both the RSA and the USA, towards the resolution of significant educational needs that exist in both countries.
The workshop serves to benefit educators in the RSA through a series of presentations and interactive sessions by the USA representatives on the following topics:
2. State-of-the-Art use of multimedia in engineering education, including distance learning and real-time computer usage in the classroom.
The workshop serves to benefit educators in the USA through a series of presentations and interactive sessions by the RSA representatives on the following topics:
2. Effectiveness of the early introduction of design engineering course elements, with respect to higher retention of engineering students, and enhanced employability of engineering graduates in industry.
The proposed Mechanical Engineering Design Education Workshop assembles a diverse group of cross-disciplinary engineering educators, industry representatives and postdoctoral and/or junior investigators. The three-day workshop, to be hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa, is planned for July, 1998. Day 1 of the workshop concentrates on Technical Topics, with paper presentations and discussions on mechanical engineering design curriculum and advances in mechanical design research and technology. Special emphasis is to be placed on undergraduate teaching methodologies and effectiveness measures, implementation of multimedia in engineering curriculum, and graduate-level design engineering curriculum. Day 2 provides site visits to share information and solidify the participation of selected RSA Universities, Technikons and manufacturing facilities. Day 3 concentrates on Collaborative Opportunities, with panel discussions to identify common technical topics of interest among faculty and industry participants, and wrap-up sessions to list follow-up actions with corresponding senior investigators. Depending on the workshop results, follow-up action items may include industry-focused student and/or faculty exchange programs.
Dissemination of the results of the Mechanical Engineering Design Education Workshop is to be accomplished through the publication of Workshop Proceedings, and the creation of an interactive World Wide Web site that summarizes both the workshop proceedings, and details the ongoing progress of workshop follow-up action items.
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