Steven Dentel, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering:
In engineering and other technical curricula, the ability to attract, retain, and properly train undergraduates can be impeded by the "dry" nature of much core material. For example, the ability to formulate and solve a problem in mathematical terms provides little reward for the student who needs "real world" connections. While these core technical abilities must be acquired, a strong linkage to the ultimate context and applications fortifies the learning experience and motivates those students who otherwise would lose interest.
Prof. Dentel will describe his experiences working with students in Engineers Without Borders (EWB), the inspiration that students have derived from their efforts in EWB, and how this educational experience has driven them with a passion well beyond what they have been given in conventional coursework.
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