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The Fundamentals of Engineering for Honors (FEH) Program is an optional course sequence that is offered to University Honors-designated engineering students. The FEH Program is coordinated across the core engineering classes and is designed to challenge students with accelerated coursework during their first-year studies.
Through both in-class instruction and hands-on laboratory experience, FEH aims to give first-year students a strong foundation in engineering principles, while also introducing students to a variety of engineering disciplines. Both the strong foundation and the introduction to various disciplines are intended to help students make informed decisions and be successful as they progress into their academic careers. Some features of the FEH Program include mentoring from undergraduate teaching assistants, small class sizes, cohort scheduling, and a culminating design-build team project.
- Students gain problem-solving, computer-programming, visualization and design skills all within their first-year studies.
- GTAs and UTAs are students who have completed the FEH Program earlier in their academic careers.
- The small class sizes, group work, and cohort scheduling allow students to become familiar with their FEH peers, providing the familiarity offered by a small campus with all the benefits of a large university.
- The 11-week design-build project improves teamwork skills and familiarizes students with either the engineering design or research and development process.
- Students who participate in FEH are more likely to secure a co-op or internship, lead a student organization, earn better grades in subsequent mathematics and physics courses, and complete their engineering education.
- A simulated product launch led by engineers from Proctor & Gamble: Students work in groups (symbolizing sectors of the company) to determine under what conditions it is best to begin the product launch.
- Design analysis of a crutch: Students use Finite Element software to analyze the stress and strain placed on a crutch during use, which varies with static and dynamic loading.
- Wind turbine energy conversion efficiency: Students design turbine blades and analyze the efficiency of their designs.