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An increasing number of engineers, prepared to meet the challenges of ever-fluctuating changes in technology, are required worldwide. This program is rising to meet the challenge by training the future leaders responsible for designing engineering course pedagogy, curriculum, and leveraged research to improve learning outcomes. Our research-active faculty members are adept at teaching and developing in our graduate students the skills and expertise identified in our mission statement.
- Undergraduate Research Assistant to Present
- Steven Wood, an undergraduate research assistant working with Dr. Wade Goodridge in Engineering Education has been accepted to present research at this year’s upcoming Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) located at the University of Utah on February 19th, 2016. He will present research on Spatial Ability and its improvement in a Statics curriculum, a new and leading edge of spatial research that has potential impacts on how we educate our engineering students. Dr. Goodridge stated “I am very happy that Steven has engaged in this work with me as we need to disseminate to the public the importance that this form of intelligence has on our students. While spatial thinking is not taught or directly assessed in our educational systems we have discovered that it is a dominant correlated factor to a student’s success in STEM degree programs as well as in the professional engineering community. This work will allow us to begin to discern just where and how it is developed in an undergraduate engineering curriculum.” Steven is doing a wonderful job!
- Undergraduate Research Assistant Receives EURP
- Steven Wood, an undergraduate research assistant working with Dr. Wade Goodridge in Engineering Education has been awarded an EURP for this coming year to engage in research in spatial thinking. Steven will work with over a year of collected spatial ability data to discover the significant gains student achieve in it after completing a Statics course. Spatial ability includes the ability to mentally comprehend an object, diagram, model, etc. and be able to manipulate and visualize it in the mind. Numerous studies have found strong evidence that supports the correlation of high spatial ability to success in STEM coursework and in careers, especially in engineering careers. Other work has looked to refine the multiple constructs of spatial ability that are typically assessed on standard occupationally designed instruments. However, this works leads other spatial cognition research by looking into how an individual engineering course enhances existing spatial ability. Steven will be presenting his work at UCUR and NCUR in this upcoming year.
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