International Trends in Engineering Design Education—A Partial View

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A. Bar-Cohen

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. 02139

J. Mech. Des 101(4), 540-545 (Oct 01, 1979) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3454098 History: Online October 21, 2010


Approaches to engineering design education in several developing and developed nations are reviewed and found to suggest widespread recognition of the need for early and frequent student exposure to the pragmatic and often controlling aspects of mechanical system design. In this context, it appears that the undergraduate engineering program at most U.S. Universities may not contribute to the ability of engineering students to pursue successful careers in engineering innovation and design.

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