After months of study and research, the Engineering Fundamentals Department decided to redesign ENGR 190, the Introductory Calculus course taken by some of Speed’s first year students. Dr. Jeff Hieb agreed to lead this effort and is now directing a mathematics emporium for these students. This course provides intensive review of algebra, trigonometry, and introductory calculus concepts necessary for success in ENGR 101, Engineering Analysis I. The emporium design structures students’ learning opportunities, but allows them flexibility to attend the mathematics laboratory at times convenient to their schedule. All assignments and assessments are done on the computer using MyMathLab, courseware specifically designed to facilitate student learning.
The Engineering Fundamentals Department (EF) enthusiastically welcomed 515 new freshmen and nearly 100 transfer students in their Introduction to Engineering classes last week! Students learned about their tablets and software needed for their courses, filled out their Flight Plan with assistance from their advisors, and heard from TAs and faculty how to become successful engineering students.
EF also welcomes as their newest term instructor, Dr. Tim Broering, a recent graduate of UofL’s Mechanical Engineering Department. Dr. Broering’s research was in the area of computational fluid dynamics, where he studies flapping wing configurations. Research applications include the development of micro air vehicles with potential use in military aerial reconnaissance or search and rescue. Dr. Broering is teaching Introduction to Engineering and Differential Equations courses this fall.
EF’s instructor for Engineering Graphics, Gary Eisenmenger, is doing something completely different this fall in his classes. Based on the department’s year-long analysis and evaluation of effective teaching models, he is replacing most of his standard lectures with interactive content. Students now come to class with earphones, listen to videos Mr. Eisenmenger created for each class, and ask questions if they need help with assignments. Mr. Eisenmenger is now a dynamic facilitator, rather than a lecturer.