Sheri Sheppard

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Although friction is an important phenomenon and greatly affects the way in which individuals interact with the world, friction is all but absent from force-feedback computer simulations of reality. Haptic interfaces are mechanisms that allow one to interact with a computer through the sense of touch. Past research has shown that haptic interfaces can be(More)
This paper looks at specific examples of how engineering programs around the United States are revising freshman year curricula to include engineering design. It builds on a companion paper [1] which provides a framework for viewing, interpreting and categorizing the various approaches to exposing freshman-level students to key design qualities. Example(More)
In this paper we develop a description of engineering practice. This description is based on published research on engineering work and on interview data from the engineering faculty. It was undertaken as part of a larger study that is underway at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The study is looking at the relationship between how(More)
The National Engineering Education Delivery System (NEEDS) is an entirely new courseware development and distribution system which wiJJ provide Widespread, rapid, electronic access to an almost arbitrarily large number of diverse instructional modules (2-4). Curricular material in the NEEDS database are organized bya diverse range of indices. Links across(More)
Research in engineering education has shown that academic programs are often designed based on a projected image of engineering practice. However, this image may be outdated or misaligned with today’s actual professional work. To develop a more complete picture, we designed the Engineering Pathways Study (EPS). EPS extends findings from the NSF-funded(More)
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