Teams of students take a more diverse look at engineering challenges

09/9/2013 | ASME.org

U.S. engineering students are getting a more practical, hands-on introduction to their chosen field by working in teams with other engineers and with students from other fields, including business and liberal arts, writes John Kosowatz. One such program, Design for Affordability at Stanford University, gives a diverse group of students five months to develop, prototype and build a product. Students draw on an "empathy module" in the class to help them "understand people and human issues to whom the designer might be of service," said mechanical engineering professor David Beach.

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