Title

The Iron Range Engineering (IRE) Model for Project Based Learning in Engineering

Document Type

Conference Presentation

Publication Date

2010

Department

Integrated Engineering

Abstract

In the heart Minnesota’s Mesabi iron range, a new model for engineering education has been funded and began delivery in January 2010. The IRE (Iron Range Engineering) model is a project-based-learning (PjBL) model in which students work with industry or entrepreneurs on design projects with a focus on producing graduates with integrated technical/professional knowledge and competencies. Students at IRE are upper-division mechanical engineering students, enrolled at Minnesota State University Mankato, who are mostly graduates of Minnesota's community colleges. IRE students do not take classes;100% of their learning is done in the context of the industry/entrepreneurial projects. The PjBL model readily lends itself to regional economic development making the IRE program an education/economic hybrid system.

Publication Title

2010 North Midwest Section

DOI

10.18260/1-2-1114-36470

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