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Princeton Weekly Bulletin   April 16, 2007, Vol. 96, No. 23   prev   next   current

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The Center for Innovation in Engineering Education

Princeton NJ — The Center for Innovation in Engineering Education has introduced a new three-letter course code to highlight engineering courses that engage students from many disciplines, including nontechnical fields.

The new listing, called EGR, is part of the center’s mission to educate leaders — engineers and nonengineers alike — who have a broad understanding of technology and its complex role in society.

“With technology issues increasingly permeating all aspects of society, any liberal arts education is incomplete without a technology component,” said Sharad Malik, the center’s director. “We are trying to engage students with courses that look at highly relevant societal issues through the lenses of multiple disciplines.”

  • For the 2007-08 academic year, the School of Engineering and Applied Science will have 24 EGR courses, including 15 that have no prerequisites and are geared toward students from nontechnical backgrounds.
  • Over the last five years, 20 percent of the enrollment in engineering courses has been A.B. students from the humanities or social sciences. Another 6 percent has been A.B. students in the natural sciences.
  • The most popular engineering course among nonengineers has been “Engineering in the Modern World” taught by David Billington and Michael Littman: 665 A.B. students took that course in the last five years.
  • In the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, total enrollment is equally divided between engineers and nonengineers. The same is true of the popular electrical engineering course “High-Tech Entrepreneurship,” which typically enrolls more than 50 students each semester.

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