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Baker and Schmidt Divide Students into Teams To Conquer the Work in Large Introductory Course

Erin Baker

Erin Baker

Professors Erin Baker and David Schmidt of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department adapted a variation on the theme of “divide and conquer” to make their introductory engineering course much more user-friendly for the 192 students taking the very large class in the fall of 2015. They used UMass Enhancement Funds to divide much of the coursework for “Engin 113 Introduction to Mechanical and Industrial Engineering” into a “team-based learning” (TBL) approach to make it much easier for their students to “conquer” their work. TBL is the use of learning teams to enhance student engagement and the quality of student learning.

Cape Cod Times Covers Drone “Geofence” and New UMass Aviation Center at Bradley Airport

John Collura

John Collura

What happens when unmanned drone aircraft accidently wander into the airspace around airports and create hazards for commercial and other manned airplanes? One answer is a so-called “geofence,” or virtual boundary around airports. At Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, a group of students and faculty from the UMass College of Engineering is working on developing just such a geofence. 

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