"Catastrophic failures", "designed for failure", and "adventures in mechanics" one credit freshman "mechanics" seminars

Cliff J. Lissenden, Richard P. McNitt

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The creation of one-credit freshman seminars: Catastrophic Failures, Designed for failure and Adventures in mechanics by the Penn State Engineering Science and Mechanics Department is discussed. The objectives of these seminars include: to initiate meaningful dialogue between students and faculty, inform students as to ethical expectations, orient students to particular options of study and provide laboratory awareness and experiences. This seminar explores the design deficiencies through the study of case histories of a number of infamous failures. A primary objective of reliving such failures is to alert students to several factors that must be considered for a safe and effective engineering system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2687-2689
Number of pages3
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001
Event2001 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Peppers, Papers, Pueblos and Professors - Albuquerque, NM, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2001Jun 27 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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