Stimulating Personal Determination in First Year Engineering Students
In this session, we discuss how Engineering students commonly begin their academic careers with one career objective, only to change that objective during their stay at university. We explore the many reasons why this occurs, and provide examples of how to engage students to foster the opportunity for this change.
Joseph Dannemiller, Texas Tech University
No one knows the full breadth of possibilities available to them at the beginning of any endeavor. Engineering students commonly begin their academic careers with one career objective, only to change that objective during their stay at university. This change occurs because students mature and take ownership of their choices; and such a change is aided by exposure to materials and experiences students were unaware existed, even at their own university. The earlier we as educators can engage our students to foster the opportunity for this change, the better. Rising tides raise all ships and for educators the more engaged our audiences are, the more interesting and entertaining our lectures become, the more successful our students become, and the work we do together becomes that much more rewarding for all of us.