Accelerating the pace of engineering and science

Teaching Engineering Through Theory, Simulation, and Experimentation

Delores M. Etter, Southern Methodist University
Robert Ives, United States Naval Academy

Many engineering topics can be taught successfully using a progression from theory to computer simulations to related hardware experiments. This progression reinforces the overall understanding of the topic, and also highlights the differences between the three ways to think about the concept.

This webinar illustrates the ways that educators can reinforce engineering concepts using the combination of theory with simulations and hardware experiments. We also demonstrate that MATLAB is a very powerful tool to support this teaching technique, for concepts such as uniform and Gaussian distributions and modern communication theory, among other examples.

About the Presenter: Dr. Delores M. Etter holds the Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair in Engineering Education, and is the director of the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education. Her focus in the Caruth Institute is on integrating innovation experiences throughout the undergraduate engineering program, and in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs that encourage middle school and high school students to consider engineering and science careers. Her research interests include digital signal processing and biometrics, with an emphasis on identification using iris recognition. She has also written a number of textbooks on computer languages and software engineering.

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Recorded: 1 Apr 2011