Associate Professor, Engineering & Mathematics

School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

University of Washington Bothell

Fall 2014

B CORE 107G / 130A    Discovery Core I

Electrifying Inventions: Introduction to Engineering

Meeting Tuesdays, Thursdays 8:45 - 10:45 am in UW1-030

Description:  Introduces engineering thinking and practice through exploration of electricity and gadgets that make use of it.  Course readings and assignments integrate the principles of electronics with the history of electrical discovery and invention.  Kit-based experiments, done in class, provide opportunities for building and testing circuits that use resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors, and other devices to do useful things, such as sound an alarm, amplify a signal, and transmit a radio wave.  Outside of class, students work in teams, organized around a particular electrical device (for example, the transistor, cell phone, storage battery, digital camera, microphone, electric car), researching its history, how it works, and the role engineers played in its development.  Results are reported in a poster presentation at the end of the course.

"The first duty of a university is to teach wisdom, not a trade: character, not technicalities.  We want a lot of engineers in the modern world, but we don't want a world of engineers.”                       —Winston Churchill

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