Jay Kim Delivers Engineering Innovation Track Seminar at JCI-CQU

Engineering Innovation Track: A New Paradigm for Engineering Education

Host Jing Peng, Associate Director of Teaching Development Center (TDC) at Chongqing University, opens up the seminar by introducing guest speaker Jay Kim, PhD, UC Professor and Department Head of CEAS Mechanical Materials Engineering (MME).

MME Department Head, Jay Kim, addresses the crowd.

MME Department Head, Jay Kim, addresses the crowd.

Lively conversation quickly fills the room as Kim delivers a seminar on the topic “Engineering Innovation Track: A New Paradigm for Engineering Education.”

Among the audience are CQU faculty and departments heads from the school of Civil Engineering, the school of Resources and Environment, the school of Automotive Engineering, and the schools of Electrical engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Kim presents the background of the Engineering Innovation Track (EIT) including its projects, objectives, implementation plan, benefits and resources.

EIT is a long-term project-based learning program that emphasizes innovation and entrepreneurship. UC CEAS MME is implementing the Engineering Innovation Track as a pilot project, exploring innovative ways of engineering education.

JCI colleagues take notes at seminar.

Students enrolled in the program complete the EIT projects during the last five semesters of their curriculum.

Kim proceeds with the seminar, breaking down the curriculum of the EIT program. In the first semester, students are exposed to the results of past EIT senior capstone design projects. This initial exposure aids in the student’s decision process when selecting their project topic.

During the first three semesters, students form project teams and take elective courses on innovation and entrepreneurship according to the curriculum the team develops. Most importantly, students develop proposals for their own senior design project.

Jay Kim answers questions from the audience.

Jay Kim answers questions from the audience.

Each semester, the mentoring committee, composed of faculty and industry experts, offers a one-credit hour guidance course providing students with insight on start-up experience, intellectual property, effective communication, creative thinking and contemporary social and ethics issues.

At the end of the sixth semester, each team submits their senior capstone design project proposal for the mentoring committee to review and help to find funding sources.

The program is designed to effectively teach leadership, communication, creativity, entrepreneurship and teamwork; i.e., professional skills that are highly important but difficult to teach with traditional curricula.

Kim wraps up the seminar by presenting several EIT graduation projects, sparking refreshing feedback on the innovative ideas and practical results of the projects.

Leaders and teachers at the seminar exchange ideas about the costs, funding, personnel, quality and resources, discussing their own ideas, confusions and suggestions. The seminar concludes with a positive outlook on the future of the Engineering Innovation Track program.