Matthew West

Reforming an undergraduate materials science curriculum with computational modules

R. Mansbach, A. Ferguson, K. Kilian, J. Krogstad, C. Leal, A. Schleife, D. R. Trinkle, M. West, and G. L. Herman

Journal of Materials Education 38(3-4), 161-174, 2016.

Computational competencies such as the use of modeling and simulation tools are a new core literacy that students in Materials Science and Engineering must develop. To develop this literacy among our students, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign is synthesizing computational tools and skills across the core curriculum. In this paper, we describe the collaborative process for changing courses and curriculum, describe the outcome of these reforms, and provide evidence that these reforms have enhanced student learning.


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