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Engineering Education

About the Department

Ohio State's Department of Engineering Education (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 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.

Key Programs

The First-Year Engineering 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.

The Engineering Education Graduate Program offers courses on pedagogical issues, research methods, and theory. The program boasts pursuing ground-breaking research with top scholars. Doctorate students can choose a specialization ranging from Design Thinking to P-12 Education.