Fostering Innovative Thinking in Engineers at the University of Florida
Jacob Mass, Megan Stowers, Graham Vaith, and Tianwei Xie
Authors: Jacob Mass, Megan Stowers, Graham Vaith, Tianwei Xie
Faculty Mentor: Erik Sander
College: Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
The primary purpose of this research is to determine how to better teach innovation to engineering students at the University of Florida. Faculty of various engineering departments, colleges within UF, and other universities, along with current students of innovation classes and clubs at UF were interviewed to collect information for this process. Research was acquired about teaching innovation to engineers from Web of Science, IEEE, Academic Search Premier, and ProQuest Engineering databases. The PRISMA method was used to systematically narrow search results. At a glance, it was found that many engineering students struggle to bring out the creative skills needed to make truly innovative products, and many faculty at UF are unclear about the incorporation of methods of teaching innovation. Methods such as changing the curriculum, adding extracurricular activities, and expanding innovative culture were explored to attempt to solve this problem at the university.
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