Engineering Education

Engineering Education

  • Zaki Sari added an answer:
    How to deal with large number of students exceeding demand?

    I am leading a curriculum in manufacturing engineering. Each year I ask for 100 students (our optimal capacity) and receive between 160 and 250 students. As our curriculum is unique in the country, I cannot reject some of them. The curriculum is highly practical with about 30% of labs. How to deal with this huge number of students without lowering the quality of teaching?

    Zaki Sari · Abou Bakr Belkaid University of Tlemcen

    Dear James, 

    Thank you for your advise, we are using the web for some material but not a lot. I will advise all my colleague to post their course on the web.

    Thanks again.

  • Prabhakar Telagarapu added an answer:
    Should conference papers be counted as publication?
    Most of the researchers publish their research articles in conference because its a faster way of making the results available. At many places, papers published as conference proceedings are not considered during promotion, on the other hand, at few places it is counted as publications but with less credits.

    I appeal to my senior research fellows, kindly give your precious comments over this issue.
    Prabhakar Telagarapu · GMR Institute of Technology

    Some reputed Conferences e.g EMBS,EMBC treat as publication because these papers cited in Some high impact factor journals.

  • Samuel Picton Drake added an answer:
    How to make interesting Special Theory of Relativity unit for engineering students?
    20% of students seem to be confused with velocity addition topic based numerical problems.
    Samuel Picton Drake · University of Adelaide

    Ring laser gyroscopes are an excellent example of the application of the Einstein velocity addition formula. That should get the engineers interested.

  • Ashish Lande asked a question:
    Engineering education.


  • Fausto Galetto added an answer:
    What is Intellectual Honesty for you?
    Some researchers are honest, some are not. Some researchers are Intellectually Honest, some are not. Some researchers are Intellectually Honest and Honest. Some are either Intellectually Honest or Honest, some are neither IH nor H
    Fausto Galetto · Politecnico di Torino

    On 16-08-2014 I got (from a RG friend) a very interesting message on """"Case n° TWENTWO WRONG probability ideas on Insurance Mathematics and Economics ManEdit and Reviewers NOT reliable Quality Management for FUTURE Managers"""" [I canceled some points....]

    Dear Fausto, I think intuitively you could be right in general. I am not a mathematician, but in my fields of researcher, I could notice even in recognized "publications" stupidities, especially when pseudo-sciences or knowledges are spred out ie in Wikipedia which has become a world reference for commun people. To my mind, the problem is that the exponential increase in knowledges, linked to great progress in technologies led to an hyper-specialisation. So, editor have more and more difficulties to find sufficiently competent reviewers for some specialized subjects. My experience , faced to the review process , led me to contest some reviews, showing to the editor the error of reading and interpretation of my data ... even if it was from a director of the known .... Institute (UK). The editor recognized it and chosen another reviewer, but it is rare.

    Here my reply on 18th August 2014

    Dear ...., thank you for your message.

    The problem with “””Case n° TWENTWO WRONG probability ideas on Insurance Mathematics and Economics Managing Editor and Reviewers NOT reliable””” and many other of my cases that the reviewers DO NOT know the theory!!!!!

    If a paper, on any subject, use Probability Ideas, the EDITOR MUST ask the review to people who know PROBABILITY.

    e.g. the authors and the reviewers of the “””Case n° TWENTWO (paper) ….””” DO NOT know the BASICS of probability!!!!

    BUT, in the RG, and in University context they have ADVANTAGE, due to their publication, versus other people that have better knowledge…. THAT is absolutely DIShonest!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Best regards


  • Mehmet Okur asked a question:

    Big data in engineering education

  • Makuachukwu Gabriel Ojide added an answer:
    Is teaching still a noble profession? Does it still have the aura to attract young minds?

    There is a myth set in people’s mind about teaching being an easy profession. However, being a teacher is a really challenging job. As a teacher there are so many different roles one has to play other than just teaching. In fact, inside a classroom, a teacher is everything, right from being a role model, to being a parent figure, to being a judge, to being a friend to students.

    India has been a nation where the relation between the guru (teacher) and the shishya (student) was considered a very holy one. 

    The ground realities today are at a stark contrast to this. The Indian Human resource and development minister Kapil Sibal said in 2012 that there was a shortage of 1.2 million government school teachers. The UNESCO Institute of Statistics goes one step further. In a 2010 report, it says India will need 2 million new teachers by 2015.

    The Supreme Court of India upheld a government decision to implement the Right to Education (RTE) Act in all schools except unaided minority institutions. One of the key features of this ambitious plan is to maintain a healthy pupil-teacher ratio (PTR) in schools. For every 30 students, there should be at least one teacher.

    Why is the young generation not keen to see 'teaching' as a profession? Why has it lost its aura and respect it once garnered? Do you think 'teaching' as a 'profession' has been able to attract the best young minds?

    How is the situation in your country. Please share your views and experience. I notice that we have a very good number of professors and teachers among us.

    Makuachukwu Gabriel Ojide · International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

    What is a noble profession in the contemporary society? Who defines a noble profession today? Well, nowadays, when you talk about noble profession to young people, they quickly think of such professions that make one dress cute and earn fat salary (that shows in good house & cars). Thus, in societies (or sectors) where teachers are well paid, it is considered a noble profession; else, it is considered otherwise by young mind. For instance, an accountant working with an oil company that offers fat salary could be considered to have a noble profession; unlike another accountant (with same qualification) who is teaching accounting subject in government/private post-primary school that offers thin salary. Of course, the former would attract young minds more than the later. A good reference case is the recent development in Nigeria. Recent reforms by the Federal Government of Nigeria in the Federal universities have made lecturing job (of course, that is teaching) attractive to the young mind as lecturers in Nigerian federal universities are relatively better-off. I say relative because other sectors (apart from few oil firms) of the economy seem not to offer the young minds sustainable future career and livelihood. But it seems not to be the same with teachers in primary and post-primary schools as the young minds would not be quick to congrats their pals who secure teaching jobs in primary and post-primary schools in Nigeria. In conclusion, I wish to submit that nobility of teaching profession among young minds is relative to certain factors such as society, teachers’ income, performance of other sectors of the economy, and so on. For instance, I’m young: will I celebrate a job offer as a teacher in Nigerian primary and post-primary schools as a noble profession? Of course, No! What if the teaching offer comes from a Federal university in Nigeria? Yea! Of course, I will quickly send sms messages to relatives and friends (and post on social media) to say, rejoice with me for the noble profession I have got. Just being practical and realistic!

  • Fausto Galetto added an answer:
    Challenge for bayesians: is someone willing to ....?
    Bayesians claims many fancies about Bayes Methods.
    They are asked to write a document explaining SCIENTIFICALLY the matter, using a case given in my document CHALLENGE FOR BAYESIANS. There will be anyone ???? ONLY God knows it!
    There are a lot of Bayesians that claim something like "….there are many adventages of Bayesisn stat: "1. The “objectivity“ of frequentist statistics has been obtained by disregarding any prior knowledge about the process being measured. Yet in science there usually is some prior knowledge about the process being measured. Throwing this prior information away is wasteful of information (which often translates to money). Bayesian statistics uses both sources of information: the prior information we have about the process and the information about the process contained in the data. They are combined using Bayes’ theorem. AND SO ON....
    Bayesians are asked to write a document explaining SCIENTIFICALLY the matter, using the case given in the doc. CHALLENGE FOR BAYESIANS.
    Fausto Galetto · Politecnico di Torino

    See, e.g., the newly uploaded document """"Case n° TWENTYONE; A WRONGLY AWARDED wrong paper of on DOE, awarders are NOT reliable!!!! Quality MUST be loved, DISquality MUST be hated""""

  • Ramanan Lakshminarayanan added an answer:
    How can industry based teaching in engineering be improved?

    I would like to know how the teaching, learning process can be improved in Engineering in the context of industrial revolution.

    Ramanan Lakshminarayanan · RAISE Consultancy Services, Bangalore, India

    Dear Prof., Kayaroganam

    This paper in the link below is one of the multi-pronged approach



  • Roopa Kulkarni asked a question:
    How can we enable the learnability among the students ?

    As a teacher I teach the topic but am I sure that the student has learnt the topic. What could be the methods or techniques which will help to do the check.

  • What were reasons to abandon a PBL approach in engineering education?
    Literature is filled with the advantages of Problem / Project based Learning (PBL) approaches and how these approaches have been implemented. Did an academic engineering program / course ever quit PBL? What were the reasons? How did students perceive a change from PBL back to traditional teaching and learning?
    Marie-Pierrette Pono-Ntyonga · Faculté de Médecine Libreville (Gabon)
    PBL has been blamed to favour a more superficial learning,and misconceptions. But it's not enough to abandon PBL. The best way should be to combine PBL and traditional approach, and also to have tutors able to detect misconceptions and help students building right concepts. My doctorate research was about PBL and concepts' learning according to Vygotsky's concepts learning framework. As Vygotski said, the best way to make students learn concepts is not to teach concepts but to help them solve problems in their ZPD.
  • David Johnson added an answer:
    How to shift students' focus from "passing exams" to "becoming an engineer"?
    Most students seem to focus more on "passing the next exam" than on "developing engineering skills". This seems to go along with a tendency of rote-learning vs. deep learning. Some approaches to counteract rote-learning, such as Project-based Learning, as well as apporaches to increase student motivation have been discussed and published for quite some time. Are there further promising approaches?
    David Johnson · Royal HaskoningDHV
    This is a general attitude of students world-wide. I agree with what Ian proposed. What I can add is that we need to completely review how we package the engineering syllabus. There is talk of students getting exposed to hands-on from day one, although I'm not sure what the progress is with this approach.

    Despite our best efforts, I'm afraid that students are still of an age where they have a very short term view on life, and the next exam fits well within their ability.
  • Nasser Abdellatif added an answer:
    Should there be student representatives in departmental and faculty councils?
    Many issues that affect students are discussed by faculty members in many cases without any input from students. In many cases students can make valuable contributions. One way to guarantee students’ input is to include them in the decision making process by having student representatives in university governance bodies.
    Nasser Abdellatif · Applied Science Private University
    Thank all for your valuable comments. It seems that many agree that students should be allowed to serve on governance committees/council. The main reasons are (1) student representatives carry students’ concerns/points of view into these councils. (2) Transparency which is important in all institutions and can get student buy in into changes and new directions. (3) Leadership training for students.
  • Dr. Nizar Matar added an answer:
    How often should a study plan be updated?
    Study plans a subject to periodic review and update. What should be the cycle for these reviews. The dangers of not updating a study plan are very well known. What are the problems faced by changing study plans too often?
    Dr. Nizar Matar · An-Najah National University
    I like to summarize my opinion, presented above, to clarify since I spent most of my career in working with study plans:
    The duration of an undergraduate level program is 4 to 5 years. A study plan is applied on a "batch" of students. Most of them will graduate, so a feedback (extending 2 to 3 years) is required from the places they moved into.
    Most of the courses, they study, are basic so I do not think that science will change dramatically in the basics. New "breakthroughs" in science can have a place in the last year elective courses.
    The preparation of an overall study plan & the approval of it take time. Therefore, it is reasonable & realistic to require 8 years for changing a whole study plan.
  • Martin Jaeger added an answer:
    How useful are training courses?
    Some universities require field training courses for all majors. While companies do take trainees, they do not always have the time or resources to train them well. Is field training needed in all majors? What can be done to improve student training?
    Martin Jaeger · Australian College of Kuwait
    Dear all,
    The benefits of students' field training depends not only on the training providing company, but also very much on the students themselves. At ACK, we began to encourage students to combine (part time) field training with their capstone projects (final year projects). As a consequence, they tend to take their field training more serious and their projects become "more real".
  • Ahmad Faris Ismail added an answer:
    How can we enhance the values and ethics components in engineering and/or science based academic programs?
    Our research group is looking at the effectiveness of the professional ethics component/content in the current engineering programmes. We are looking at the possibility of developing an integrated curriculum to produce better graduates.
    Ahmad Faris Ismail · International Islamic University Malaysia
    We need to revisit and compare the philosophy of science and technology from different perspectives. The science and technology must be integrated with values and ethics.
  • Can anyone tell me whether a chaotic based security system has been used commercially?
    Until now, I reviewed many papers which talked about the security of chaos based ciphers, but until now I could not find the commercial use for chaotic based ciphers. Maybe it is currently still being researched?
    Pisupati Sadasiva Subramanyam · Vignana Bharathi Institute of Technology
    I am not aware whether Chaotic Security has been introduced in Commercial Applications.Probably it is introduced in Defence Applications. Vide item 1.
    The application of it in Communication and Image Transmission are widely reported.
    The following references, to mention a few are illustrative of its use.
    Secure Image Ciphering based on the Mathematics of Chaos
    Multi-Sensor Exploitation Branch
    Information and Intelligence Exploitation Division
    Information Directorate
    Air Force Research Laboratory
    Investigators; � Dr. Jiri Fridrich, Principal Investigator, SUNY Binghamton
    � Mr. Richard Simard,Multi-Sensor Exploitation Branch, AFRL
    Secure Image Ciphering based on the Mathematics of Chaos. Need for Secure and Efficient Use of Available Transmission Media Between Fixed and Deployed Locations to Transfer Time-Sensitive Data for Military & Commercial Applications.
    Security Analysis of A Chaos-based Image Encryption Algorithm
    Shiguo Lian, Jinsheng Sun, Zhiquan Wang
    Department of Automation, Nanjing University of Science and Technology
    Nanjing, Jiangsu 210094, P.R China


    Information Security using Genetic Algorithm and Chaos
    Anil Kumar, M. K. Ghose,
    Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology, Sikkim (INDIA)

    In this paper the Authors have proposed a new approach of genetic algorithms (GA) with pseudorandom sequence to encrypt data stream.
    The feature of such an approach includes high data security and high feasibility for easy integration with commercial multimedia transmission applications. The experimental results of the proposed technique confirm that high throughput rate needed for real time data protection is achieved.
    This total way of transferring secret information is highly safe and reliable. The simulation results have indicated that the encryption results are completely chaotic by the sense of sight,very sensitive to the parameter fluctuation.
    In the future work, they are planning to design a sophisticated hardware based on this technique which will be targeted to use in highly secure multimedia data transmission applications.
  • Sam Siewert added an answer:
    What are the emerging applications of "Image Registration" in various fields ?
    Image Registration
    Sam Siewert · Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    Quite a few. Some I can think of are: 1) stereopsis (passive 3D point clouds and depth maps), 2) multi-sensor fusion for multi-spectral and hyper-spectral images and data cubes, 3) digital video stabilization, 4) panorama and mosaic stitching, 5) calibration. If you mean keypoint and feature vector analysis in general and not just simple registration, then there are no doubt more including a basis for segmenting scenes and recognizing objects in 3D for example.
  • Carlos Jimenez-Gallardo added an answer:
    What would influence the innovative power of students in an engineering education?
    Innovative power = power to transform ideas into novel products
    Carlos Jimenez-Gallardo · Universidad de La Frontera
    The person is a important element, I could recently associate the theory of diffusion of innovation proposed by Rogers, with personality characteristics of adopters, in this study reported that there are 4 personality characteristics (Achievement, Persistence, Change, Autonomy), which would help to view certain sections of the ability to adopt and develop innovations.
    Additionally theory proposes an essential element CONTEXT, understood as the conditions to make innovations.
  • Monica Bhattacharjee added an answer:
    What are the skills must we possess to do a radical innovation of a product or a service?
    Nowadays, Leaders cannot stay without more enhancing their abilities and capabilities to become an Invention Leaders. But to do this, they must acquire a some specific skills and they are not easy skills to obtain or to master. In your opinion, what are the most important skills Leaders must have got and master to make a radical innovation of a product or a service?
    Monica Bhattacharjee · Simon Fraser University
    The ability to exercise rational foresight. It helps to have the ability to envision an implementation plan, to estimate and preempt possible roadblocks, and to work on probable solutions to overcome/prevent/improvise.
  • Mahfuz Judeh added an answer:
    What do you think about teaching radical innovation in business schools?
    Radical innovation or invent is a delicate skill which is mostly targeted nowadays. Leaders cannot stay away from this ability. To create a new generation of invent leaders, we ca starting to teach this mentionned ability starting from business school classrooms. What do you think about this suggestion?
    Mahfuz Judeh · Applied Science Private University
    I believe it is a good idea to teach radical innovation in business universities. This will help in creating a new generation of invent leaders.
  • Fausto Galetto added an answer:
    Is the procedure of chain sampling sound?
    I think there is a drawback: Pa is higher than it shall be.
    In an Italian exercises book for students of “Quality Engineering” I found the following [later I realised that the very same procedure is on a book of D. C. Montgomery].
    1. Any sample has a sample size n=10 and an acceptance number a=0
    2. The lot is accepted if the number of defectives d found is d=0
    3. The lot is rejected if the number of defectives d found is d>1
    4. IF d=1 one analyses the decisions on the 2 previous lots
    5. IF both the previous lots were accepted with a number of defectives d=0 THEN the new lot is accepted
    6. OTHERWISE the lot is rejected
    IF p is the probability that one item is defective the Acceptance Probability Pa of any lot is given by the formula Pa(p)=(1-p)^10+9p(1-p)^9(1-p)^20
    In both books (Italian and D. C. Montgomery ) there the same formula; the solution for p=0.03 is Pa(0.03)=0.861
    Fausto Galetto · Politecnico di Torino
    see the documents: 1) Case n° THIRTEEN; some WRONG ideas of PROFESSOR D.C. MONTGOMERY!!!!! FIRST PART_Quality MUST be loved, DISquality MUST be hated. 2) Case n° SIXTEEN; SECOND PART, other WRONG ideas of D.C. MONTGOMERY!!!!! Quality MUST be loved, DISquality MUST be hated You say <<< Intellectual honesty is not to lie. >>>; I would say <<< Honesty is not to lie. >>> … Other cases show that there is “”””lack of Intellectual Honesty””””
  • Albert Manfredi added an answer:
    What is your opinion about QoS enhancement in cognitive networks?
    What is your opinion about QoS enhancement in cognitive networks?
    In which fields and in what ways is it best to use QoS enhancement in cognitive networks (forecasting traffic)?
    Albert Manfredi · The Boeing Company
    I'm thinking the two topics are orthogonal, perhaps. QoS techniques should be just as applicable to cognitive networks as they are to any network, as long as the opportunistic channel is available, of course.
  • Can someone suggest how 3d printing can be taught to freshers?
    Recently 3d printing has captured a lot of attention. There seems to be many
    application possibilities. I was wondering how a simple interesting project or lab exercise could be introduced at u.g level in windows 7 using open source software. I would welcome any open downloadable articles on this topic.
    José António Gomes Navio de Queiroz · University of Aveiro
    I had rapid prototyping class last semester, the project was very simple: design a car for the Shell Eco-Marathon Urban Concept competition. Of course we had to follow the competition's rules and design guidelines, which is good to settle an equal evaluation criteria for everyone.
  • S G Deshmukh added an answer:
    Is there any improvement possible in engineering/technical students by the use of multiple choice questions in an exam?
    While taking exams of Engineering/Technical students, which method will be suitable? Either Descriptive Quiestions or Multi Choice questions?
    S G Deshmukh · Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
    A good method will be a combination of both - multiple choice questions as well as small open ended questions to test the problem solving abilities of engineering students.
  • Ramanan Lakshminarayanan asked a question:
    Is there a questionnaire template on understanding the level of knowledge on quality of engineering students?
    I am working on a academic research topic related to "Bridging the Gap" of student knowledge availability and the industry expectations. Can any of you help me by sharing literature on this topic or any questionnaire survey templates you might have come across?
  • Ramanan Lakshminarayanan added an answer:
    How to involve bachelor level engineering students in research?
    Obviously, it is possible to suggest research articles and foster group discussions. Conducting interviews and some lab activities are among the popular ones.
    Ramanan Lakshminarayanan · RAISE Consultancy Services, Bangalore, India
    I had few Under-grad students from MS Ramiah and RV College at Bangalore India... To kindle research Interests, I have guided them to review literature and guided them to write an article during their 2nd/3rd Year BTecch... that helped them pick-up lots of interests in analysing reasons and before their final year each one them had min 3 papers including reprints in IEEE Scholar... Not only that they also guided their friends / peers... all of them are doing their MS in US / Europe.

    So, kindle interests in students by facilitating them in literature survey and guide them to write few review articles.
  • Wederley Miranda added an answer:
    Can somebody send me questionnaires or weblinks for surveying engineering students regarding teaching processes and students' satisfaction?
    I wish to to know the understanding, knowledge and satisfaction levels of students after a teacher has taught a class. At the end of the semester, a teacher should get feedback which provides insight into how to modify their approach so that students get the maximum from their teaching efforts. After all, this is the the sole aim of education.
    Wederley Miranda · Centro Universitário UNA
    These are good examples of educational surveys, that you can adapt to engineering students:

    A complete set of templates is available at
  • Christopher Mansour added an answer:
    Does the participation in student competitions enhance the students' performance and gives them better opportunities in the job market?
    Does the participation in student competitions (robotics, programming, expos, etc.) enhance the students' performance and gives them better opportunities in the job market?

    I have mentored many groups of students in local, regional, and international competitions, mainly programming competitions. I feel that these events help students in pushing their borders and working on bettering themselves by going the extra mile. Most students were "transformed" after their participation. They "matured". They were also exposed to the "outside world" and interacted with other students from different backgrounds. Some students got jobs because of their participation in such events.

    On the other hand, participation in such competitions overloaded the students with tons of extra work. And sometimes this caused harm to their academic performance.

    I want to know your opinion about this issue.
    Christopher Mansour · Villanova University
    Since I participated in several events and competitions, I think such events and competitions have a positive impact on the participants especially students. Such events would encourage the students to further their skills and prepare well.

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Engineering education is the activity of teaching knowledge and principles related to the professional practice of engineering.

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