AC 2007-761: Assessing the Impact of Case Studies on the Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Curriculum

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Conference Proceeding

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Proceedings of the 2007 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition


Engineers design. Engineering design uses mathematics and other principles, combined with judgment, to prevent failures. The lessons learned from failures have often led directly to changes to engineering codes and procedures. There is much that engineering students and engineers can learn from failures, and failures play an important role in engineering design. Therefore, there is a recognized need for failure awareness in the undergraduate engineering curriculum. This need has been documented in a number of papers and at a number of conferences over the past 15 years. This project is a specific response to that need, and will provide much needed access to thoroughly developed examples, and a heightened appreciation of the role failure analysis knowledge can play in higher education and public safety.