College of Engineering, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
AA101, Air and Space Vehicles was introduced as a "Natural World" course in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics Autumn Quarter 1997. The purpose of this course is to teach non-engineering/science students basic concepts in aerospace engineering, an industry that dominates the Pacific Northwest. The course is the first in the College of Engineering that reaches out to non-engineering/science students on campus. AA101 became an instant success, exceeding all expectations. However, the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics was unprepared to teach 140-150 students three quarters each year. Since the course involves a hands-on learning component, the number of students quickly overwhelmed the available facilities. In addition, faculty and teaching assistants have no experience teaching engineering without an analytical emphasis. With the support of Tools for Transformation funds, the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics will build a quality laboratory and provide instruction and mentoring to faculty who will teach AA101 in the future.
Professor and Chair, Aeronautics and Astronautics
|Date Funded:||February 1999|
Tools for Transformation Funded Proposals