Formation of an engineering identity: industry role models and problem based learning.

Mike Murray, Robert McQuade, Gillian Hendry

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In vocational disciplines such as engineering, industrialists can provide students with access to real-life projects and artefacts that expose them to practice knowledge and employability skills. Assistance from Alumni role models can help students to imagine and reflect on their future self as graduate engineers. In this paper, two initiatives that aid the students’ transition from ‘novice
to becoming’ civil engineering graduates are examined. (1) Graduate mentoring of student mentees during their third-year of studies and (2) a hybrid problem/ project-based series of workshops know as Civil Engineering 4 Real (CE4R). Both initiatives fostered a collaborative academic-industry partnership whereby undergraduates were introduced to an engineering practitioner community of practice. Both initiatives have exposed students to the breadth of civil
engineering practice and sub-disciplines within the profession. Whilst the feedback from the students is overwhelmingly positive, there is a need to ensure both initiatives are considered with respect to the wider course curriculum.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jul 2018
EventInternational Symposium of Engineering Education - UCL, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 17 Jul 201818 Jul 2018
Conference number: 7th


ConferenceInternational Symposium of Engineering Education
Abbreviated titleISEE 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Industry
  • Community of practice
  • Engineering identity


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