Aerospace Engineering – Design Across the Curriculum C. D. Hall, N. Hovakimyan, W. H. Mason, and M. Patil Project Summary: This proposal is for the development of a plan to restructure the undergraduate Aerospace Engineering (AE) curriculum in the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech. The AE curriculum in its present form reflects the well-established paradigm of establishing a foundation of engineering science skills, and only then introducing the professional skills required of practicing aerospace engineers. This finishing currently takes place in the senior year capstone design course, where students work in teams to design aerospace vehicles. This course covers many of the most important skills our graduates require, such as communications, multidisciplinary interactions, critical thinking, and teamwork. For several years, we have included freshmen in these senior design teams during the second semester, and we have observed that women and minorities have been
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