In recent years the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has become very active in international cooperation in engineering education. Its international partners include corporate partnerships, a partnership with the World Bank Institute, and partnerships with international counterpart societies, such as the Japanese Society for Engineering Education (JSEE), the Korean Society for Engineering Education (KSEE), the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI), and the Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE). ASEE has also become active in many international activities, such as the ASEE Global Colloquia, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES), which includes Engineering for the Americas (EftA), the Indo-US Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE), and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI), and the International Association for Continuing Engineering Education (IACEE). All of these activities have facilitated ASEE’ s International Cooperation in Engineering Education over the past decade.
Japanese conventional engineering education does not constantly succeed at all in sending graduates with the appropriate quality suitable for society, and, I suppose, JABEE does not succeed in the improvement till now. To achieve this, it is effective to educate next 3 points with some examples in engineering ethics education. 1) The gaps between learning life and working life, 2) Critical thinking training in some working and ethical situations, 3) How to judge in the trial and error of the knowledge application of scientific engineering in practical situations.
CDIO is a framework for the engineering education curriculum. It is based on learning the design process through actual system and product development. Students learn to “Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate” within this framework. The CDIO standard needs not to be satisfied by every related subject independently. What is required is just satisfied as a whole. At Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT) , we have two introductory engineering design courses: Design Project 1 (PD1) and Design Project 2 (PD2) . PD1 is given in the first semester of the freshman year and PD2 in the second semester of the sophomore year. Standard PD1 and PD2 courses satisfy the “Conceive-Design” processes of the CDIO approach. The authors succeeded in expanding the processes of CDIO in PD2 course. This paper describes the details of engineering design education based upon the CDIO framework.
One of the ways to mitigate global warming is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In Japan, carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles, which run on fossil fuels, account for about 1/4 of the total carbon dioxide emissions. In this study, we applied a commercial engine, and remodeled the engine which could work using bioethanol as a fuel. We subsequently examined the influence of exhaust emission of the engine with the bioethanol and documented the entire study as teaching materials, including the remodeling method. Next, we began our mechanical engineering courses at the university by using the teaching materials in this study as introductory education, with the aim of stimulating the interest of the students. We then developed an education program for the students.
This paper presents a built-in system to construct an experimental tool for aiding to learn control engineering in a students experiment. The proposing system is ease to install to a commercial product has some actuators. Also, we developed a software application to control the modified product by the proposing system. Some of the functions of it are to edit, compile and execute a control algorithm written in C language, to show control process parameters on a real-time basis with a graph and to simulate the behavior of the experimental equipment. Using the system, we not only made an experimental tool from a radio control helicopter but also built the curriculum guidelines of the students experiment. They were performed at Tokuyama College of Technology and the result was evaluated from a questionnaire by students.
Recently Colleges of technology as well as universities have some experience-oriented classes in sciences for elementary school students. These have proved to be successful as good motivation for students in the primary education to be engineers. This research has tried the PBL education, which combined the Support of Science Education in Elementary School and the improvement of students′ practical competence in their careers. The support of science education in elementary school was carried out by using LEGO blocks, widely utilized in the educational researches of robots, and was conducted in the practical class with the autonomous robots. Finally, the method for the class was evaluated by the elementary school students on the basis of the questionnaire.
In the field of international cooperation, it is increasing to introduce Japanese engineering educational model in the developing country to improve the quality of education and research activity. A naive implementation of such model in different cultures and educational systems may lead to several problems. In this paper, we evaluated the Project Based Learning (PBL) class, developed at Waseda University in Japan, and employed to the Egyptian education context at the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST) . We found difficulties such as : non-homogeneous student’ s background, disconnection with the student’ s research, weak learning style adaptation, and irregular course conduction. To solve these difficulties at E-JUST, we proposed : the groupware introduction, project theme choice based on student’ s motivation, and curriculum modification.
The program aims to cultivate internationally competitive young researchers equipped with Fundamental attainment (mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology, and fundamental social sciences) , Specialized knowledge (mechanical dynamics, mechanics of materials, hydrodynamics, thermodynamics, design engineering, manufacturing engineering and material engineering, and bird′s-eye view knowledge on technology, society and the environment) , Literacy (Language, information literacy, technological literacy and knowledge of the law) and Competency (Creativity, problem identification and solution, planning and execution, self-management, teamwork, leadership, sense of responsibility and sense of duty) to become future leaders in industry and academia.
The College of Engineering, Ibaraki University is located at the Hitachi city, in the north part of Ibaraki prefecture. Hitachi and Tokai areas are well known as concentration of advanced technology center of nuclear power research organizations. By considering these regional advantages, we developed a new nuclear engineering educational program for students in the Collage of Engineering and The Graduate School of Science and Engineering of Ibaraki University. The program is consisted of the fundamental lectures of nuclear engineering and nuclear engineering experiments. In addition, several observation learning programs by visiting cooperative organizations are also included in the curriculum. In this paper, we report about the progress of the new educational program for nuclear engineering in Ibaraki University.
Students who belong to the fluid engineering laboratory delivered visiting lecture on flow visualization experiments for junior high school students. In this lecture, students become lecturer and explain fluid mechanics to junior high school students. At the end of lecture, we conducted questionnaire survey to evaluate the lecture from the junior high school student’ s point of view. Lecturers check and act on improvement after the lecture based on the questionnaire survey results after each lecture. In this report, we confirm the effect of repeated implementation of visiting lectures to results of questionnaire survey. Furthermore, we considered if it is possible to explain improvements of student’ s presentation skill from the results of questionnaire.