Engineering Fundamentals

LEarning with Academic Partners

Assist fellow students using active learning methods.

LEarning with Academic Partners (LEAP) program is designed to support students in their first-year engineering courses. LEAP leaders plan and lead one active learning session per week to review and emphasize the most difficult material covered in the course.

Practice LEAP techniques in real courses.

The program emphasizes Supplemental Instruction techniques. These sessions integrate how-to-learn with what-to-learn. The program helps students discover appropriate applications of learning strategies as they review difficult course content.

ENG 1001 - Engineering Problem Solving

Introduction to the engineering problem solving method and to modern tools used to solve problems.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (MA 1031(C) or MA 1032(C)) and (Spatial Visualization Score >= 19 or ENG 1002(C))

ENG 1100 - Engineering Analysis

An introduction to the engineering profession. Focuses on engineering analysis, computational skills, and communication skills.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): ENG 1001 and (MA 1160(C) or MA 1161(C)) and (Spatial Visualization Score >= 19 or ENG 1002(C))

ENG 1101 - Engineering Analysis and Problem Solving

An introduction to the engineering profession and to its various disciplines. Focuses on developing problem-solving skills, computational skills, and communication skills. Through active, collaborative work, students work on teams to apply the engineering problem-solving method to "real-world" problems.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-5)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (MA 1160(C) or MA 1161(C) or MA 2160(C) or MA 3160(C)) and (Spatial Visualization Score >= 19 or ENG 1002(C))

ENG 1102 - Engineering Modeling and Design

Continuation of ENG1101. Introduction to the engineering design process with an emphasis on graphics and documentation. Focuses on engineering problem solving in the context of the design process.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-5)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (MA 1160 or MA 1161 or MA 2160(C) or MA 3160(C)) and (ENG 1101 or (ENG 1001 and ENG 1100)) and (Spatial Visualization Score >= 19 or ENG 1002)

Become a LEAP leader as an undergraduate.

Leap leaders are essential to the success of the LEAP program. Leaders are students who have demonstrated competence in the course and have great facilitation skills. A LEAP leader’s responsibilities include:

  • Attending training throughout the semester
  • Attending two studio sessions per week
  • Planning and leading one LEAP session per week
  • Supporting faculty in grading assignments and classroom management
  • Collecting program evaluation data

LEAP leaders are provided training through the course:

ENG 2060 - Facilitating Group Learning

Development of facilitation skills in group environments. Topics include peer-learning strategies, developing inclusive classrooms, and facilitation techniques.

  • Credits: 1.0; Graded Pass/Fail Only
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): ENG 1102(C) or CH 1160

LEarning with Academic Partners wolf pack graphicPursue a leadership minor or pathway.

LEAP leaders can earn the Leadership minor (IMLE) easily by taking only a few more classes. For more information see the minor requirements under Pavlis Honors College or contact the LEAP program directors. Students may be interested in taking the Global Leadership Pathway through the Pavlis Honors College.

ENG 3060 - Developing Mentoring Skills

Provides an overview of mentoring. Topics include various mentoring techniques, providing effective feedback, and observational strategies.

  • Credits: 1.0; Graded Pass/Fail Only
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore

ENG 4060 - Leadership in Group Environments

Develops collaborative leadership skills through active hands-on learning. Topics include collaborative software, communication, and group management strategies.

  • Credits: 1.0; Graded Pass/Fail Only
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

ENG 4070 - LEAP Leadership Practicum

Experience designed for the practical application of leadership knowledge, skills, and behaviors in the LEAP environment. The practicum experience will be designed and implemented by the student, with mentorship/guidance from the associated faculty.

  • Credits: 3.0; Graded Pass/Fail Only
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: Permission of instructor required; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman
  • Pre-Requisite(s): ENG 2060

Contact the program leaders by semester's end.

Applications for LEAP leader positions open Week 8 and are due Week 10 of each semester. Contact leapadmin-l@mtu.edu to request an application or stop by the Engineering Fundamentals office for more information. 

Apply to be a LEAP Leader

AJ Hamlin

  • Senior Lecturer, Engineering Fundamentals
906-487-3047
ahamlin@mtu.edu
Dillman 112E

Amber Kemppainen

  • Senior Lecturer, Engineering Fundamentals
906-487-2193
amber@mtu.edu
Dillman 112D