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Establishing a Research Collaboration Between Cognitive Scientists, Engineering, and Engineering Technology Faculty: Integrating Creativity into Undergraduate Course Projects

PLEASE NOTE: PIs and Co-PIs are listed alphabetically.

Title

Establishing a Research Collaboration Between Cognitive Scientists, Engineering, and Engineering Technology Faculty: Integrating Creativity into Undergraduate Course Projects

PI

Abieyuwa Aghayere, Ph.D. (PI)
Assistant Professor

Co-PI(s)

Gennady Friedman, Ph.D.
Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering

Vladimir Genis, Ph.D.
Professor and Program Director, Engineering Technology
School of Technology and Professional Studies

Jennifer Katz-Buonincontro, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Education

Fredricka Reisman, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Drexel/Torrance Center for Creativity and Innovation
School of Technology and Professional Studies

Funding

National Science Foundation logo National Science Foundation (NSF)
Amount of Award: $150,000

Description

Most engineering projects demand creative or innovative approaches in the design of equipment, systems, and facilities. Creativity, or the ability to produce new, useful ideas and products that are high in quality, is a valued yet understudied construct in engineering education, and the traditional engineering curriculum has so far fallen short in significantly enhancing the creative capabilities of engineering students as they progress from their freshman year through their senior year.

To help address this research gap, this RIGEE project will establish an inter-disciplinary research collaboration between engineering/engineering technology faculty and cognitive scientists to identify, develop and test ways of integrating creativity into undergraduate engineering and engineering technology course projects and enhancing the creative capacities of engineering and engineering technology students.