The Future Is Now
The Built-It-At-Scale Laboratory
Within the new Gateway Complex, just north of Grissom Hall, the home of School of Industrial Engineering, Build-It-At-Scale laboratory is starting to take shape and will open in fall of 2022. Patrick Brunese, or Doc B, shares the School's vision for the laboratories.
Rethinking the Classroom Experience
In addition, faculty have been rethinking the undergraduate experience, putting the students' knowledge discovery in to focus. How to shift from a traditional educational process to a problem-forward approach at scale has been a focal point for IE faculty and staff since 2019. Seven faculty have begun transformation initiatives for their core classes and a new course experience that incorporates learning objectives from multiple courses has been piloted for the 2021-2022 academic year. Using a project-based learning method, IE and first year students explore core IE concepts from engineering economics, statistics, computing, and manufacturing through working on community projects.
Throughout this process, faculty have been developing and experimenting with methods to motivate students to facilitate their own learning experience. By adopting a problem-forward learning approach, students are able to directly engage with concepts throughout the curriculum, creating a more engaging learning environment. This approach leads students to develop broader and deeper professional skills.
Virtual labs have been gaining ground in the College of Engineering. By combining mixed reality technologies with physics-based modeling and simulation and authentic machine interfaces, virtual labs are enriching learning. To expand the reach of this innovative instructional approach, the College has launched the Virtual Labs Faculty Fellows program, and has selected and engaged the first cohort of fellows.