About the Department of Engineering Education
The EED advances the engineering profession and enables student success by developing and delivering state-of-the-art, innovative, multidisciplinary engineering courses and programs; by modeling and advocating scholarly, evidence-based teaching within the College of Engineering; and by integrating pedagogical discovery, practice, and dissemination through world-class engineering education research.
The Ohio State University College of Engineering is nationally recognized for its commitment to undergraduate education. Our teaching methods—including practical, hands-on experience through project-based design courses; a focus on providing opportunities for undergraduate research experiences; and individualized attention to students—have proven to effectively facilitate students' academic and, ultimately, career success.
Serving as the focal point for the College of Engineering’s innovative instructional programs, the Engineering Education Innovation Center (EEIC) was established in May 2007 with a mission to enrich the student experience, strengthen the academic credentials of our undergraduates, and foster leadership through the Honda Professorship in Engineering Education. In November 2015, the EEIC was transitioned into the present Department of Engineering Education.
The EED provides academic, personal, and professional activities that are designed to supplement the undergraduate experience both inside and outside the classroom. In addition, the EED creates new courses and strengthens existing ones to ensure that students are well prepared for the ever-changing global employment environment.
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Important EED Programs
The First-Year Engineering (FE) Program teaches basic engineering skills to prepare students for future courses and careers. First-year undergraduates learn about the numerous disciplines of engineering, while courses in engineering graphics and technical communication instill invaluable programming and computer-aided design skills. Students also engage in a culminating design-build project/competition that tests students' designs against one another's.
Our Engineering Technical Communication courses prepare students for the visual, written, and spoken forms of communication they will practice during their engineering coursework, during their job searches, and within the workplace. Students learn the importance of rhetorical principles in effective communication. They develop strategies for critically analyzing audience and context and learn to utilize technology to produce professional quality writing. The curriculum stresses the importance of each stage of the writing process and teaches students varied strategies for researching and documenting sources.
The Multidisciplinary Engineering Capstone, which is open to both engineering and non-engineering students, provides a broad range of opportunities working on industry-sponsored projects. These projects give students an opportunity to apply their education and develop professional skills in real-world problem solving.
The Engineering Sciences Minor—designed for non-engineering students—was created in response to reports by the National Academy of Engineering, National Research Council, and National Science Foundation that called for technological literacy in all students. The minor is geared towards students whose future careers would have them working alongside engineers.