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Task Force Update, Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The COE 2010 Task Force is pleased to announce that 11 proposals have been selected for funding to Transform Undergraduate Education. A brief description of the winning proposals appears below, and a public poster session with more detailed information will be held near the start of the fall semester. The poster session has been rescheduled from the spring to allow the teams to update their plans based on the actual budgets provided. If you find any of the projects here of special interest, feel free to contact the project team to offer your support and encouragement.


Projects funded to transform undergraduate education

Curriculum Development for a Certificate in Engineering Risk, Uncertainty, and Decision Analysis Profs. Bier, Adams, Blanchard, and Corradini To develop a new certificate program focusing on providing engineers and other students an in-depth exposure to modern methods for the analysis of reliability, risk, and uncertainty.
Energy and Sustainability Course for Energy Certificate Program Prof. Root, et al. To develop a high-level course focusing on energy generation with a focus suitable for preparing engineering seniors to make quantitative comparisons between current and alternative processes.
Engineering and Biology: Technological Symbiosis Prof. Beebe, Dr. Keenan, Mr. Puccinelli To create a cross-college, introductory course designed to explore and highlight the ways in which biology and engineering can be successfully integrated.
Engineering for Energy Sustainability Profs. Venkataramanan, Jahns, Oliva, and Osswald, et al. To initiate the development of a suite of cross-cutting courses that span the engineering curriculum, addressing energy sustainability, and with firm roots in the ‘real world’ design and engineering practices associated with participating disciplines, leading to a ‘Certificate in Engineering for Energy Sustainability.’
Engineering Problem Solving with Computers Profs. Hoopes, Rawlings, and Moses To create three hybrid courses that share common curriculum related to specific software tools but that use examples and exercises taken from specific engineering fields, to demonstrate the problem-solving or data-collection aspects of using the software.
Fostering of Student Participation in Study Abroad in the Junior Year by Offering UW-Madison Engineering Courses Abroad Prof. Duffie, Dr. T. Kelly, Prof. Pfotenhauer, et al. To make three junior-level UW-Madison engineering courses available to all UW-Madison students studying abroad, to enable these students flexibility in satisfying curricular requirements while overseas, and provide a model for replication.
Integration of EPD 397 Technical Communication with Two Multidisciplinary Engineering Design Courses Dr. Grossenbacher, Profs. Fronczak and Oliva, et al. To develop a stepped, 2-semester, collaborative approach to teaching technical communications in multidisciplinary, service-oriented design courses.
International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition Profs. Cerrina, Sussman, Ansari, and Weibel To establish an interdisciplinary iGEM team and promote education and research in biological engineering.
Introduction to Society’s Engineering Grand Challenges: A Modular Curriculum Profs. Hagness, Ferrier, Klingenberg, Masters, and Russell To create a modular, introductory, cross-disciplinary course building on NAE’s Grand Challenges project.
Teaching and Learning Insights — Dr. Courter, Prof. Carayon, and the COE Climate and Diversity Committee To develop an electronic newsletter and corresponding archives on the web that would distribute concise answers to instructors’ questions about diversity, advising, and teaching.
Zhejiang University Summer Program Ms. Bird Bear, Dr. Grossenbacher, and Prof. Pfotenhauer, et al. To develop a new 8-credit, 8-week summer study-abroad program (following the successful model of the Toulouse Summer Program) at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.