Course Introduction(Undergraduate Program):Fundamental of Engineering(Bilingual)
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Publish date: 2015-10-28 10:25:00
This course is an introduction to the field of engineering. You
will participate in presentations from the five engineering departments and the
technology department in the Russ College of Engineering. Also, you will view
videos that further illustrate various engineering activities. These
presentations and videos will help those who are undecided engineering majors
choose the engineering field which appeals to them. The course will give those
of you who are not engineering students a better appreciation for how
engineering makes the world a better place to live.
Engineering is an incredibly broad field that involves the
harnessing of mathematical and scientific concepts to create practical and
useful things, ranging from automobiles to wind turbines. This field is huge,
encompassing people in a wide range of industries, and some people call it “the
invisible science,” because engineers are often unsung and unheralded, despite
the fact that the work they do is very important. Many colleges and
universities offer courses in this discipline for people who are interested in
pursuing it as a career.
As a very ancient field of human endeavor, engineering was used
by early humans, who used their knowledge of the natural world to figure out
things like irrigation schemes and how to build boats that didn't sink. Over
time, as humans learned more about science and mathematics, engineering got
more complex, and this field paved the way for modern society. Anyone reading
this article is benefiting from a product of this field, be it a computer or
other similar electronic device.
There are a number of subfields of this discipline, including
mechanical, computer, electrical, military, civil, environmental, aerospace,
and chemical engineering. All of these fields require different types of
training; aerospace engineers, for example, learn a great deal about physics
and space in the course of their work, while environmental engineers consider
issues like pollution control and the impact of humans on their environment.
The course will give you a better
sense for the two basic domain areas of engineering; analysis and synthesis.
Analysis is the focus of the Polya book on problem-solving and synthesis is the
focus of the Norman book on design. Both are introductory books and are very
easy to understand. Additionally, Norman's book will give you an appreciation
for good design and will enable you to recognize poor designs. Polya
demonstrates a powerful problem solving methodology that will enable you to
develop your problem-solving skills. Good problem solving skills are useful in
all fields of endeavor. We will not spend a lot of class time discussing the
reading assignments, but you are to study the assignments and be prepared to
answer exam questions on the material. If you have question about the reading,
please ask in class or send me an email.