Dr. Kotys-Schwartz has focused her research in engineering student learning, retention, and student identity development within the context of engineering design. She is currently investigating the impact of cultural norms in an engineering classroom context, performing comparative studies between engineering education and professional design practices, examining holistic approaches to student retention, and exploring informal learning in engineering education. Potential outcomes for engineering, include: improved student attitudes towards engineering, development of an engineering identity, knowledge of engineering practices, and broadened participation in engineering. And, identification of the system of factors that allow for an effective 'inclusive-excellence' model; retaining our traditional and underrepresented students in engineering.
learning design in engineering, informal learning in engineering education, product design, macro level manufacturing processes
MCEN 4045 - Mechanical Engineering Design Project 1
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
First part of a two-course capstone design experience in mechanical engineering. Covers problem definition, determining design requirements, alternative design concepts, engineering analysis, proof-of-concept prototype and CAD drawings. Students make several oral design reviews, a final design presentation, and prepare a written report. GEEN-BS and GEEN-BSGE students are not required to complete MCEN 2000, MCEN 3022, MCEN 3030 or MCEN 4026 but have additional prerequisites of GEEN 1400, 2400 and 3400.
MCEN 4085 - Mechanical Engineering Design Project 2
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
Second part of a two-course capstone design experience in mechanical engineering. Includes refinement of prototype, design optimization, fabrication, testing, and evaluation. Students orally present the final design and prepare a written report and operation manual for the product. GEEN-BS and GEEN-BSEPL students are not required to complete MCEN 4026.