Engineering first at Northwestern University: Where we are in 2003

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Seven years ago we launched an innovative freshman curricular revision we call Engineering First, and it is now possible to see some of the lasting benefits it has added to the McCormick education. This paper will overview of how closely the intended outcomes were met and how Engineering First has driven curricular reforms at upper levels of our curricula. Evolution of the pedagogy as well as content of the Engineering First courses has occurred, and many discipline-specific courses have now adapted to the enhanced capabilities (and expectations!) that our students have. Most significantly, combining work that emphasizes communication skills with the doing of design (as a hallmark activity of engineers) is now being implemented in senior level capstone experiences. Consequences of Engineering First on attracting incoming students as well as on post-graduation careers will be presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-257
Number of pages5
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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