Engineering Education Center

This project focuses on creating a “Centre for Projects in Education and Teaching” that aims at leveraging the fullest extent of the vertical coverage and diversity of at the department of information technology and electrical engineering (D-ITET). D-ITET is uniquely characterized by its diversity of research coupled with a full vertical span of theoretical and design expertise and experimental facilities, from materials to full-systems. The. The aim is to complement and enhance project-based learning activities with a centralized structure at the departmental level. With this, it will be possible to offer larger and interdisciplinary projects for students on all levels of their study, as well as for highly talented high-school pupils in their final years. The centre will reflect the wide and interdisciplinary nature of the D-ITET research groups (from the quantum scale (“electrons”) to full networks).

We envision the Center as a very dynamic environment, where the projects and even types of projects pursued change constantly from year to year. In many other existing project-based learning activities, the topics are either long-standing year over year and/or of no direct use to society and rather “playful.” While this is not negative per se, student motivation and societal recognition and appreciation will be even more significant with the envisioned concept of individual, non-repetitive topics of relevance and application. In addition to projects proposed by industrial and academic partners, also open calls for student-initiated projects will be offered.

Effectively, the initiative builds additional capacity in project-based education and with respect to critical thinking at ETH. The interdisciplinary nature of the student projects enables the involvement of all groups of D-ITET and collaborating departments within ETH. The primary motivation for this newly created Center is the benefit for students working on projects offered around this Center.

The centre will be open to and collaborate with scientists that plan to carry out longitudinal studies on the effectiveness of new engineering education interventions, potentially following graduates into the workforce as well. Complement and enhance project-based learning activities with a centralized structure at the departmental level. The project will also synergically collaborate with other FLI projects, such as Advancing Interdisciplinary in Life Science Education and Mixed Reality for Enhanced Lab Courses.

The centre will start its actives from January 2020 headed by Dr. Michele Magno, more information on activities and students’ projects will be available soon.

Michele Magno

Christian Franck