Mary Besterfield-Sacre

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In developing its new engineering accreditation criteria, ABET reaffirmed a set of “hard” engineering skills while introducing a second, equally important, set of six “professional” skills. These latter skills include communication, teamwork, and understanding ethics and professionalism, which we label process skills, and engineering within a global and(More)
Reflection and self-regulated learning are important skills for college level students to learn. We have developed Model Eliciting Activities (MEAs) to integrate these activities while teaching students engineering concepts. A multi-tier design approach is used with MEAs as an element of change for students, instructors and researchers. Three generations of(More)
On-going research on outcome-based assessment processes conducted by a multidisciplinary team from five major universities is described. The research has been guided, in large part, by ABET's innovative criteriaÐEC 2000. The paper provides examples of several by-products of this research that have been applied in the engineering education environment. The(More)
1 Mark Sindelar, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Industrial Engineering, 1048 Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, mfsst18@pitt.edu 2 Larry Shuman, University of Pittsburgh, School of Engineering, 323 Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh, PA, 15261, shuman@pitt.edu 3 Mary Besterfield-Sacre, University of Pittsburgh, Dept. of Industrial Engineering, 1049 Benedum(More)
1 Jack McGourty and Peter Dominick, Columbia University, School of Engineering, New York, NY, 10018, jm723@columbia.edu, aaitalk@aol.com 2 Mary Besterfield-Sacre, Larry Shuman, & Harvey Wolfe University of Pittsburgh, Engineering School, Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, mbsacre@upitt.edu, shuman@engrng.pitt.edu, hwolfe@engrng.pitt.edu Abstract  This(More)
1 This paper supported in part by National Science Foundation grant: EEC-9872498, Engineering Education: Assessment Methodologies and Curricula Innovations and Engineering Information Foundation grant 98-4. 2 Alejandro Scalise, University of Pittsburgh, School of Engineering, 1048 Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, aesst28@pitt.edu 3 Mary(More)
There has been considerable concern that entering female engineering students begin their studies with less confidence in their abilities than academically equivalent male students. Further, there is concern that this ‘under-confidence’ problem persists throughout the university experience. As a precursor to a larger crossinstitutional study, we have(More)
This research is being funded by a grant from the Engineering Information Foundation, EiF 98-4, and by a grant from the National Science Foundation, EEC-9872498. Magaly Moreno, Mary Besterfield-Sacre, Larry J. Shuman, and Harvey Wolfe, Industrial Engineering/School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 Cindy J. Atman, Industrial(More)
1 Jessica Gerchak, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Industrial Engineering, 1068 Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 jlgst72@pitt.edu 2 Mary Besterfield-Sacre, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Industrial Engineering, 1048 Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 mbsacre@engrng.pitt.edu 3 Larry J. Shuman, University of Pittsburgh, School of(More)