Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

A Workshop on Computational Thinking in the Engineering Curriculum


Allen Downey

Olin College

Jason K. Moore

University of California, Davis

 Friday, January 5th
8 am to 12 pm
Data Science Initiative
(360 Shields Library)


Registration (limited to 40 seats):

This workshop invites faculty to think about computation in the context of engineering education and to design classroom experiences that develop programming skills and apply them to engineering topics. Starting from examples in signal processing and mechanics, participants will identify topics that might benefit from a computational approach and design course materials to deploy in their classes. Although our examples come from engineering, this workshop may also be of interest to faculty in the natural and social sciences as well as mathematics.

Allen Downey is a Professor of Computer Science at Olin College. He is the author of ThinkPython, ThinkDSP, ThinkBayes, and other popular titles. Prof. Downey is an international leader in educating undergraduates through computational thinking. He is supported by Olin’s Collaboratory which is “dedicated to co-designing transformational educational experiences with and for other institutions”. See his website ( ) and his Wikipedia article ) for more information.

Jason K. Moore is teaching faculty in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. He teaches dynamics and design and has recently developed an open access book “Resonance: Learning Mechanical Vibration Engineering Through Computation”. More about him at . This seminar is made possible by the Undergraduate Instructional Innovation Program funds provided by the Association of American Universities (AAU) and Google administered by the Center for Educational Effectiveness.

Date(s) - 01/05/2018
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

360 Shields Library


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