Enhancing Communication and Use of Information in Engineering
General Program Scope – Educational and research programs that advance the more effective use of information in engineering and applied science, with special emphasis on learning communication skills. Grant range to a maximum of $25,000.
New ABET accreditation standards adopted beginning fall 2001 require that communication skills be included in engineering curricula; the standards are open on how to accomplish this. There are likely many different approaches possible to better include communication skills in engineering curriculum and to ensure that new engineering graduates are skilled at writing, speaking, information seeking, and evaluation.
Note: Support for curriculum development is limited to this program area only.
- Try innovative approaches for including communication skills in the engineering school curriculum in accordance with ABET accreditation standards, and that test and evaluate these approaches so benchmarks of success can be established.
- Emphasize effective teamwork, not only through shared multi-disciplinary skill sets, but through clarity of communication across disciplines.
- Provide a matrix of instructional programs and materials for training engineering students in the most effective use of engineering information systems, products, and finding tools.
- Link the expertise of information science and technology with the engineering disciplines, and teach information-seeking as a life-long skill.