Project-Centered Education in Mechanical Engineering (PROCEED) is a department-wide curriculum reform effort initiated in 2000 with the objective of more closely tying all elements of the mechanical engineering undergraduate experience to real-world engineering. Through the generous support of Ford, Applied Materials, Caterpillar, General Motors and National Instruments, PROCEED has supported 15 pilot curriculum and laboratory development projects. Most of these pilot projects have now been fully integrated into the core mechanical engineering curriculum.

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To make a gift in support of PROCEED, contact Bliss Angerman at 512-232-7085 or bliss.angerman@austin.utexas.edu.

PROCEED Curriculum Innovations

  • Active involvement of 30 faculty members (approximately half the department) in undergraduate curriculum reform.
  • Integration of project-centered work in 14 courses covering freshman through senior years.
  • Integration of new hands-on labs with respective theory courses.
  • Introduction of new computer modeling projects with PROCEED-supported software in several theory courses.
  • Development of an online student portfolio system.
  • Introduction of videoconferencing with corporate engineers into undergraduate instruction.
  • Development and application of comprehensive quality assessment methods for project-centered instruction.
  • Opening of senior elective sequence to a broad variety of Career Gateway options.
  • Creation of the Bridges to the Future Certificate Program for students who choose to focus their Mechanical Engineering electives in one in-depth area.

PROCEED Laboratory/Classroom Renovation and Re-equipping Projects

  • New M E 130L Experimental Fluid Mechanics Lab: purchase of one new wind tunnel and complete rebuild/retrofit of existing wind tunnel, all new instrumentation, and computer integration of measurement systems.
  • New M E 139L Experimental Heat Transfer Lab: development of 7 new labs with brand new apparatus, and introduction of portable "temp kits" based on Labview and associated hardware to permit field experimentation as an integral part of the course.
  • New scanning electron microscope and x-ray diffraction equipment purchased for use in M E 111L (Materials Engineering) and M E 136L (Materials Processing) labs.
  • Renovation and retrofitting of thermodynamic systems apparatus to permit introduction of experimental projects in M E 343 Thermal-Fluid Systems.
  • Purchase and installation of rapid prototyping equipment to permit fabrication of student-designed models for M E 302 and the Senior Design Projects Program courses.
  • Two large classrooms and a large conference room equipped for videoconferencing with entire classes and student work groups.
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