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Join a Toastmasters Club and faithfully participate.
And "Yes," men as well to gain socio-cultural understanding of their near-future engineering partners.
as well as to the meeting with the local sponsoring engineering chapter.
Be certain to bring cards you can hand to others with your contact information.
Join a committee and participate.
e. Prepare a semester-long calendar that shows classes, blocks out pre-class and post class time-segments for both important and urgent matters. Do the urgent matters first each day.
Revise your plan when "Life shows up unexpectedly."
Never forget that students don't fail, their experiments do.
Learn the lessons of each failure, drill down to understand what you will do to get back on track.
And move on.
------------------------------William M. Hayden Jr., Ph.D., P.E., CMQ/OE, F.ASCEBuffalo, N.Y."It is never too late to be what you might have been." -- George Eliot 1819 - 1880------------------------------
Well, the basic courses which are in mathematics and physics.
The colleges and universities need to bring back 3 semesters of engineering drafting. In my experience, depending on the year some engineers graduated, they may be at a disadvantage in being able to read design/construction plans. Some can't even draw technically when in the work forces. This "sub-engineering" work is important in the constructions of project and becomes part of legal documents later on. The students needs to be told these matters.
The students needs to be taught how to apply those basic principles in matters of design and construction.The colleges and universities need more engineering instructors which have more field experiences from the outside rather than those who stayed in academia and have no working experiences.