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Engineering Education and Practice: Embracing a Catholic Visio


The School of Engineering at the University of Dayton (UD), a Catholic and Marianist University, boasts large enrollments of 1,300 undergraduate and 350 graduate students out of a total of 7,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students. It also boasts a faculty very active in research, which, under the umbrella of the University of Dayton Research Institute, is funded at a level of $100 million per year.

In the past decade, the University of Dayton has sought to better articulate the impact of its Catholic and Marianist traditions, and faculty have been challenged to embody these traditions. University mission statements and unit strategic plans have also evolved to make better connections. In this context, our paper explores the historical and present connections to these traditions, and then more importantly presents a vision for better integration of them into the education of our students. The visioning really represents an early foray into thinking about greater embodiment of mission into the engineering education at Catholic universities.

Finally, we envision what a specific application of the principles to a course in thermodynamics would look like and consider extension to all engineering courses.

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Book's citation information: Heft, J., & Hallinan, K. P. (2012). Engineering Education and Practice: Embracing a Catholic Vision. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press


University of Notre Dame Press

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Notre Dame, IN