First-Year Program Facilities
Classroom and laboratory facilities are specially designed around teams of four students to promote teamwork and active learning. Information is presented in various audiovisual formats to accommodate the different learning styles of individual students. Significant time is allocated for in-class assignments so that students can immediately apply concepts presented during lectures, while also receiving personalized attention from the course’s instructional team.
Students also have access to a 24-hour laboratory located in Hitchcock 324. Each member of the First-Year Engineering Program can use his or her BuckID to access the lab. The computers in this lab are equipped with every program featured in the classroom, allowing students to work on assignments from any of the First-Year Engineering courses. Hitchcock 324 also offers tutoring services (provided by the Student Instructional Leadership Team) during select hours; first-year students are strongly encouraged to seek assistance for any coursework difficulties they encounter.
The capstone's industry-sponsored research programs primarily use Scott Lab 080 as laboratory space and the Honda Interdisciplinary Design Lab, located in Scott Lab W259, which offers teaching space as well as a computer lab. In addition, access to the Student Workshop in Scott Lab affords students the opportunity to fabricate some components of their designs for the Capstone project. These spaces offer access to:
- College of Engineering computer programs such as SolidWorks and MATLAB
- Tools and manufacturing machines required to fabricate parts designed for the Capstone project
The Social Innovation and Commercialization Initiative primarily uses the Smith Lab Design Studio in addition to two other laboratory spaces within Smith Lab.
As a new department, the EED has expanded its facilities to include research facilities. Housed in Smith Laboratory, faculty, staff, and students work collaboratively on projects that explore a range of topics, including spatial visualization, educational assessment, graduate education, disabilities education in engineering, and community engagement.